Weather forecast UK today – Subzero temperatures coming despite sunshine Brits told but Met Office dismisses 'snow bomb'

BRITS should brace themselves for a white Easter with long range weather forecasts predicting more snow on its way.

A massive 270-mile snowstorm is on course to hit parts of Britain next month – just weeks after the current 18C warm snap.

WX Charts predicts a band of snow – stretching from Norfolk to Dorset – could blanket some areas and may mean Birmingham, Wales, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Bristol and Dorset, could see flurries from March 9.

And the wintry weather could even continue into April, with the Met Office saying "a white Easter is more likely than a white Christmas".

Meanwhile, this weekend will see the mercury rise to double digits.

Parts of southern England are to reach highs of 12C on Saturday while areas in Scotland will see 10C.

Follow our weather live blog below for the latest news and updates from around the country

  • Olivia Burke

    FLOOD ALERTS AFTER WEEK OF RAIN

    The Met Office has issued 43 flood alerts after heavy rain this week.

    The flood warning – which means flooding is expected and imminent action is required – are mostly in place across the North West.

    Rising river and lake levels have resulted in overflow sweeping roads and farmlands.

  • Olivia Burke

    PLEASANT WEEKEND

    The UK is set for a pleasant weekend as dry weather dominates the days ahead, with high pressure above.

    Most welcome blue skies, a little cloud in northern areas, but mainly mild with temperatures of around 10C.

    The news brings a welcome dose of sunshine to the UK.

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  • Olivia Burke

    WHAT IS POLLEN?

    The return of warmer weather inevitably brings pollen along with it. But what is pollen and why does it wreak havoc on people?

    Pollen is an extremely fine powder, made up of tiny particles, released by plants and trees during their reproductive cycle.

    It is spread by insects and the wind, but pollen can cause significant irritation and inflammation to people who are allergic to it.

    The particles are inhaled by humans and animals, and for those with an allergy, the pollen triggers the antibody immunoglobulin E.

    This creates mucus as a defence mechanism to protect the body, leading to symptoms such as congestion and sneezing.

  • Olivia Burke

    DID YOU KNOW? VIRAL WEATHER TIK TOK EXPLAINED

    A viral TikTok has taken users by storm after revealing that everyone has been reading the forecast wrong.

    When checking the weather on your smartphone, it will list a percentage of rain expected, such as 30% rain. But this doesn't mean it will rain at a rate of 30% – it means there is a 30% of the area will experience rain at that time.

    Scientists cannot be sure if it will most definitely rain, so have to form educated guesses and offer a percentage.

  • Olivia Burke

    BELFAST LOOKS BRIGHT

    Belfast is set for a bright weekend ahead, with the Met Office predicting it will be dry with some sunshine on Friday.

    Fog patches will clear making room for some good spells of sunshine, most prominently in the morning.

    Cloud bubbles up in the afternoon before conditions become milder again "with a moderate south to southwesterly breeze". Maximum temperature 11C.

  • Olivia Burke

    FLOOD WARNINGS

    Two flood warnings are in force for the areas near Keswick Campsite and the River Burn from South Creaje to Burnham Thorpe.

    River and lake levels remain high after the recent spate of heavy rainfall. Floods expected to affect low lying areas bordering the shores of Derwent Water and the frontage of the Keswick Camping and Caravan Club Site.

    Flooding of roads and farmland is likely, although as the forecast is dry, the water is expected to slowly recede.

  • Patrick Joseph DUGGAN

    WEEK AHEAD?

    FROM Sunday and going into Tuesday, it will continue being largely dry for most with patchy cloud and sunny spells by day, and some overnight frost and fog. 

    Temperatures will be on the mild side mainly,.

    It will be feeling warm with light winds.

  • Patrick Joseph DUGGAN

    FROST TONIGHT

    TONIGHT in central and southern areas it will be dry with clear periods that will allow a frost and a few patches of fog to form. 

    It will be cloudier across the north with some rain moving east.

    Tomorrow will bring a band of cloud and patchy light rain moving south into northern England and north Wales, else dry with sunny spells and mild once again.

  • Patrick Joseph DUGGAN

    DRY FRIDAY

    TODAY will be mostly dry with plenty of sunshine.

    Any fog patches will clear during the morning, leaving a dry day with plenty of sunshine and light winds.

    It will be cloudier and breezier in the far north with a little rain or drizzle in Shetland at first.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    TEMPERATURES REACH ALMOST 18C

    The parts of the UK hit by sunshine this afternoon are also experiencing unseasonably warm weather.

    Temperatures have reached almost 18C in some parts of eastern England this afternoon, according to the Met Office.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WEATHER TO START THE WEEKEND – FRIDAY EVENING'S FORECAST

    A fine evening as it will be dry with clear skies and just some patchy cloud cover across the north-west.

    Overnight, thick cloud will build into Northern Ireland and western Scotland bringing spots of drizzle and a few showers.

    Elsewhere will remain dry clear spells but cloud will build for some.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    FRIDAY WILL START CHILLY BUT WILL TURN TO DRY & MOSTLY SUNNY

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    TOMORROW'S FORECAST

    Today will be fine and dry with lengthy spells of sunshine once early patches of mist clears however patchy cloud will build.

    There will be more cloud across Scotland during the morning with spells of light rain and drizzle however thick cloud will break and sunny spells will develop later.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    PICTURED

    A red sky at sunset over Isleworth this evening.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    44% OF FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN 'WOULD FALL INTO DEBT IF THEIR ENERGY BILLS ROSE'

    Around two out of five families would fall into debt if the cost of their energy increased, according to a household financial confidence survey.

    If energy bills increased, 44% of families with children at home believe that it would push them into debt with their energy provider.

    This is double the proportion of families without children in the house, at 22%, comparethemarket.com found.

    The research found that annual energy costs would only have to increase by an average of £85 to tip households with children at home into financial difficulty.

    One in six (17%) families with children at home are in arrears to their energy provider, or have been, in the last 12 months and nearly one in 10 (9%) are still in the red, the research found.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    CONTINUED

    Scientists from Ireland, Britain and Germany have been able to map the history of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) from proxy data like ocean sediments and ice cores.

    Professor Stefan Rahmstorf from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research PIK said: "The Gulf Stream System works like a giant conveyor belt, carrying warm surface water from the equator up north, and sending cold, low-salinity deep water back down south.

    "It moves nearly 20 million cubic meters of water per second, almost a hundred times the Amazon flow. For the first time, we have combined a range of previous studies and found they provide a consistent picture of the AMOC evolution over the past 1600 years.

    "The study results suggest that it has been relatively stable until the late 19th century. With the end of the little ice age in about 1850, the ocean currents began to decline, with a second, more drastic decline following since the mid-20th century."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    GULF STREAM 'AT ITS WEAKEST FOR MORE THAN 1,000 YEARS DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE'

    The Gulf Stream System is at its weakest for over 1,000 years due to climate change, reveals new research.

    The ocean current that brings warm water and shapes weather patterns from the Gulf of Mexico up to the UK is slowing down in an unprecedented way, say scientists.

    Since the 1950s, the current has slowed by about 15 per cent.

    Experts warn that by 2100, the Gulf Stream System will weaken further by 34 to 45 per cent becoming dangerously close to the tipping point at which the flow becomes unstable.

    If this happens, the eastern US coast will face dangerously rising sea levels and western Europe would be plunged into a deep freeze in winters with ice storms rampaging and the average temperature dropping by 10 degrees Celsius and scorching hot summers.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    PICTURED

    A red sky in Sheerness, Kent this evening.

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  • Niamh Cavanagh

    NO WEATHER WARNINGS TONIGHT

    For the first time in what feels like weeks, there are no weather warnings in place tonight, for anywhere in the UK.

    This comes after months of seasonably cold, wet, and snowy weather which has battered Brits, from the north to the south.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    PATCHY RAIN AND CLOUDS TO CLEAR FOR DRY WEATHER ACROSS UK

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    TOMORROW'S FORECAST

    Today will be fine and dry with lengthy spells of sunshine once early patches of mist clears however patchy cloud will build.

    There will be more cloud across Scotland during the morning with spells of light rain and drizzle however thick cloud will break and sunny spells will develop later.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    WHITE EASTER ON THE WAY

    Britain could be set for a white Easter as forecasters warn more snow is on the way.

    Weather charts show a 270-mile 'snow bomb' is on course to hit parts of Britain next month – after an 18C warm spell.

    WX Charts predicts a band of snow – stretching from Norfolk to Dorset – could blanket some areas.

    It would mean Birmingham, parts of the West Midlands and Wales, Gloucestershire, parts of Somerset, Bristol and Dorset, could see the white stuff from March 9.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    BUSY STREETS IN NEWCASTLE

    Crowds of people out on Northumberland Street in Newcasatle this afternoon, as the country looks forward to the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions starting from next month.

    Credit: North News and Pictures
  • John Hall

    LATEST WEATHER UPDATE

    The Met Office said: "The sunshine has returned in many places today.

    "This is especially welcome across north Wales and northwest England, where yesterday was very wet.

    "It is still cloudy in southeast England and there are a few showers in northwestern areas."

  • John Hall

    LADBROKES: UK 4/1 FOR HOTTEST EVER FEBRUARY DAY

    Ladbrokes believe this month will play host to the hottest February day on record.

    With temperatures continuing to rise, the bookies now make it a 4/1 shot (from 8/1) that 2019's record February temperature of 20.6% being surpassed before the month is out.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Despite a wet and windy opening few weeks to the year, things have taken a turn for the better on the weather front and with temperatures on the up, there's a chance this month plays host to the warmest February day on record."

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