Temperatures are forecast to dramatically drop towards the latter half of the incoming Easter Bank Holiday weekend, the Met Office has said.
After a welcomed warm spell in the UK, and some remarkably high March temperatures in parts of Devon and Cornwall, the mercury is set to drop drastically over the coming days, as a result of an “Arctic plunge”, the Exeter-based forecaster said.
Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said a “cold front” will start moving down from the north, bringing with it colder, windier conditions in stark contrast to the previous “warm southerly winds”.
Mr Madge said: “Friday should mark a rather malign start to Easter, with colder conditions for large swathes of the country as part of an Arctic plunge.
“Temperatures will be dragged down quite a bit from the day before, with wintry showers expected in Scotland and the most northern regions in England.”
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Mr Madge added: “Basically what we’ve got is a weather pattern where we’ve got quite high temperatures over the last couple of days.
“We saw a highest temperature in Devon yesterday was at Chivenor in north Devon. This cloud will keep temperatures down a degree or so but in the next couple of days we’re going to see a change in weather type.
“We’ve got a cold front coming in from Scotland which is heading south, which is headed in for Friday, but from Sunday, we’ve got a cold air mass that will be extending across the UK – an Arctic plunge as my colleague has described it – will be bringing temperatures down, in some places in the UK, fifteen degrees lower than we’ve seen over the last few days.
“We’re gonna be struggling to get into middle single figures as a day time maximum, and so it is going to feel very cold.
“Associated with that air mass will be wintry showers, some of those could be quite heavy, and at the moment I wouldn’t like to say we’re going to see snowfall across the south west, but on the tops of the moors, it’s possible.
“So it is a really marked change, and it will be quite a rapid transition. so it’s going cooler over the next couple of days and then much colder towards the second half of the Bank Holiday weekend.”
Scroll down to see what the weather will look like around Devon and Cornwall over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.
South West England weather forecast
A fine and dry day across the region but often cloudy during the morning. Turning brighter for most by the afternoon with lengthy periods of sunshine. Feeling very warm, especially away from any coastal winds. Maximum temperature 22°C.
Staying dry with a mixture of cloud and clear spells. Feeling mild tonight and turning slightly breezier around dawn time. Minimum temperature 7°C.
Breezy but remaining fine and dry on Thursday with periods of sunshine. Feeling very warm still. A chilly night. Maximum temperature 17°C.
Outlook for Friday to Sunday:
Dry with sunny spells on Friday and Saturday but the nights will be colder, bringing a likelihood of frost. Initially dry on Sunday but turning wet and windy later.