Snow expected on April Fools Day as polar plunge brings end to March heatwave

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It's snow joke! A white April Fool’s Day is expected as a “polar plunge” clears beaches and ends the spring heatwave.

Brits will shiver in British Summer Time as the clocks go forward, but the weather goes back after a 20C (68F) weekend.

We’ll swap Speedos for scarves as cold polar air – shown on weather map, above – sees temperatures plummet from Tuesday.

Highs of just 7-14C are due for most by Wednesday, with only 7-10C by April Fool’s Day on Friday as the chill lasts through the weekend.

And the Met Office warned of snow even at lower levels in the North from Wednesday onwards. Frost is due in many regions, with -3C nights in the North and 0C in the South.

“April F-f-f-fool anyone?” said veteran forecaster John Hammond of weather trending.

“After glorious spring days, a cold front from the North-East will introduce chillier air by midweek.”

Consultant meteorologist Matt Hugo said: “We’ll get payback. It’s a perfect example of thinking ‘spring has sprung’ – but then realising this is the UK and it’s only March.

“It’s stunning now, but prepare for what follows.”

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A Met Office forecaster said: “Monday remains warm but then colder conditions push south, with showers turning wintry in the North and patchy frost overnight.

“There is potential for some snow showers at low levels from Wednesday in the North, with an increased likelihood of wintry
hazards following.

“Temperatures will gradually recover in the following week, but with overnight frost possible.”

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