Met Office weather – Snow to hit North in polar plunge tomorrow before 'intense' weekend washout

SNOW is set to blanket the North tomorrow in a polar plunge before an "intense" low-pressure system hits the entire UK at the weekend.

The Met Office has forecast a low-pressure front travelling from the Atlantic bringing heavy rain and strong winds to Britain over the weekend.

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Tomorrow morning will begin freezing with low temperatures guaranteeing snowfall in parts of Scotland.

Meteorologist Alex Deakin said the cold front "will have some snow on it again over hills but down to relatively low levels for a time."

Snow will fall over the Pennines as the band of showers makes their way down south from Scotland.

However, across the rest of the UK there will be clear skies and cold air.

Rural areas will wake up to a fairly extensive frost on Thursday morning with temperatures struggling to rise throughout the day.

Overcast with scattered showers across northern Britain and some of these will be wintry with hail.

Thick cloud cover and heavy rain will dominate across the far south of England but this will turn increasingly showery.

The best of the dry and sunny conditions are for Wales and central England.

Today Bournemouth in Dorset experienced a heavy hail storm leaving piles of sleet on top of cars.

Friday morning will begin with a frost with showers developing throughout the day.

Starting off the weekend, a low pressure system will bring strong winds and rain across the UK ruining the plans of Brits enjoying the easing of lockdown restrictions.

"A low pressure intensifying out in the Atlantic and this could be an intense one again for this time of year," the Met Office's Mr Deakin said.

"Low pressure swinging in and the isobars pinching together telling you it's going to be windy and these weather fronts will bring rain."

Of this weekend's low-pressure system Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: “This weekend the UK will experience an unseasonably strong low-pressure system.

"This will bring periods of strong winds and heavy rain, but it will also bring an area of warmer air from further south in the Atlantic, bringing a brief spell of higher temperatures, albeit temporary.”

The cold air front will bring down temperatures again on Sunday.

It comes after May's Bank Holiday smashed records last weekend when it became the coldest ever on record.

Freezing temperatures hit many parts of the UK with a biting -5.9C recorded in the Scottish Highlands.

According to the Met Office temperatures at this time of year should range between 13C and 16C.

The Met Office has warned of more rain across much of the UK next week, with some hill snow in the north.

A map from website The Weather Outlook suggests snow may fall across southern England.

There is also a risk of coastal gales going into the second week of May as heavy winds pummel the country again.

Met Office spokesman Simon Partridge said: “This week’s a write-off as far as sunshine goes. It’s anything but seasonal out there.

“The cold will be followed by more wind and rain this weekend before another chilly week to follow.

“Things don’t look like settling down until mid-May.”

It comes after howling gales brought travel chaos to large parts of Britain, with roads blocked by falling trees.

Yesterday a Met Office yellow warning was put in place from Wales to East Anglia and and the south of England until 9am today, with gusts hitting 70mph.

Delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport were "likely" after Monday saw the joint-coldest May Bank Holiday Monday on record, with the mercury plunging to -5.9C.

Thousands of homes were hit by power cuts as heavy winds brought down trees and caused power lines to fall.

There were reports of power cuts in Torquay, Devon, Stafford, Derby, and Berkshire.

In Wales, hundreds of homes, from Anglesey to Cardiff, were hit by power outages.

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