Weather: Snow to hit UK in time for energy price cap rise on April 1

Much of the country has avoided the snow this winter but may not escape it this week (Picture: Getty)

Any hopes this weekend’s mini heatwave marked the end of winter are set to be dashed.

The UK is poised for a sudden drop in temperatures and snow could fall across parts of the country later this week.

From Monday, conditions are expected to become chillier, cloudier and more unsettled, the Met Office has warned.

Daytime temperatures will more than halve compared to the last few days and the mercury will fall below zero at night for millions. 

A cold front pushing down from the north will see 20C temperatures enjoyed in London reduced to low single figures by Thursday. 

By mid-week, it will be hovering just above zero across Scotland and the North of England.

The cold snap is expected to kick in just in time for April Fools day, when the energy price cap rise will kick in.

From Friday, household bills for millions will go up by almost £700, contributing to one of the worst cost of living squeezes in decades.

A gritter lorry prepares to spreads grit on the A62 as snow falls above the village of Delph, near Manchester in northern England on December 4, 2020. (Photo by OLI SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

The coldest temperatures will be seen in Scotland and the North of England but will push south in the coming days (Picture: Getty)

A young rider takes their bike through the snow near Castleside, County Durham. Parts of England from the East Midlands to the North-East have joined Scotland in preparing for blizzard-like conditions on Boxing Day as the white Christmas continues. Picture date: Sunday December 26, 2021. PA Photo. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Wet weather is expected to turn into sleet and snow in places where temperatures fall low enough (Picture: PA)

Families hoping not to have to turn the thermostat up again this winter may find the heating is back on by the end of the week.

Alex Burkill, a Met Office forecaster, said: ‘Wednesday will be the most extreme in terms of wintry weather, as a cold stream of air will start to push southwards bringing unpredictable wet and windy conditions, even snow or sleet.

‘It will be markedly colder than what we’ve just seen, daytime temperatures falling by half, and some areas will even struggle to hit 8C (46.4F), which will signify the biggest change in conditions.

‘Overnight into Thursday and Friday, many areas will fall considerably lower than freezing, towards minus 4C (24.8F) and minus 5C (23F).’

Temperatures dropped slightly on Sunday but much of the UK still enjoyed sunshine throughout the day, with highs of 15C in places.

Cloud pushed eastwards over the evening though it will remain dry for most throughout Monday, before turning wetter mid-week.

epa09846544 People relax amongst blossoming trees in Regents Park in London, Britain, 24 March 2022. The MetOffice for the Greater London area measured temperatures of up to 18 degrees Celsius on 24 March and predicts ongoing sunny weather in the upcoming days. EPA/NEIL HALL

Conditions have been spring-like across the UK throughout the week but are expected to take a turn for the worse (Picture: EPA)

Temperatures could fall as low as -8C in parts of Scotland.

Mr Burkill added: ‘It looks like most places will be impacted, parts of northern England, northern Wales and central England are expected to be the worst affected.

‘This wintry weather could even push into southern areas of England and Wales, which isn’t unusual, it is normal to have colder weather in April, but it’s far from the sunny, warm days seen last week.’

The timing will come as a blow to families struggling with rising bills.

Volatility in the global gas market created by post-pandemic demand and the Ukraine crisis has seen wholesale prices rocket and several firms have gone bust in recent months.

From April 1, the costs will be passed on to consumers when a previously announced energy price cap rise comes into effect.

Ofgem are expected to authorise yet another rise when the minimum unit price is reviewed again in time for October 1.

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