Britain braces for four days of rain and SNOW

What happened to spring? Four days of rain and SNOW forecast with temperatures plunging to -5C as 800-mile cold front bears down on Britain

  • The sodden weather is set to strike after a Bank Holiday Monday that was colder than Siberia, and verged on the coldest ever since the holiday began 41 years ago in 1978
  • The Met Office, preparing severe weather warnings, forecast -5C (23F) this morning in Scotland and rain for many areas of the country
  • Snow is due today and on Wednesday on the Southern Uplands in Scotland, with winds of 45 miles per hour set to batter the coastal areas in the South-West, South and East of the country, this week

Britain is set to be battered by four days of rain and even snow, with temperatures is some parts of the country plunging to -5C (23F) as an 800-mile cold front bears down on Britain.

The downpours are set to strike after a Bank Holiday Monday that was colder than Siberia, and verged on the coldest ever since the holiday began 41 years ago in 1978.

The Met Office, preparing severe weather warnings, forecast -5C (23F) this morning in Scotland and rain for many areas of the country from Wednesday until Saturday, warning of flooding in eastern Scotland as up to 30mm of rain falls and possible thunderstorms.

Snow is due today and on Wednesday on the Southern Uplands in Scotland, with winds of 45 miles per hour set to batter the coastal areas in the South-West, South and East of the country, this week.

An 800-mile cold front is set to batter the UK causing rain, thunderstorms and patches of snow in hilly areas of the country

Time to grab your umbrellas: Rain and thunderstorms will hit the country later this week, but the weather is set to brighten up later in the month

A photographer lines up his shot at Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland. The weather is set to turn grim this week after a bright Bank Holiday weekend

Met Office forecaster Emma Smith said: ‘Monday was close to the coldest May Bank Holiday minimum temperature on record, and Tuesday morning could be colder at -5C in Scotland.

‘Now the jet stream will bring low pressure across the country, with a warning likely on Wednesday night for surface water flooding in eastern Scotland.

‘A big band of rain will move across the country on Wednesday, with 15-20mm widely and 30mm in the North-East of the UK.

‘Thunderstorms follow the rain on Wednesday and are expected until Friday, with the Midlands and South most affected and the North at risk on Friday. Outbreaks of rain continue on Saturday.

‘Snow and sleet could be seen in the North and southern Scotland over 400m into Tuesday and on Wednesday night, and in Snowdonia on Thursday.

‘It will be windy in parts from Wednesday until Saturday, with maybe the odd 45mph gust and 40mph gusts generally on coasts in the South-West, South and East.

‘Highs will be around 11-15C.’

Met Office forecaster Steven Keates said: ‘The coldest air coming to Britain is from north of Russia, converging with cold air from well north of the Arctic Circle, not too far from the Pole, and flooding to the UK and a good part of Europe as far south as Italy.

‘Unseasonal snow in the second week of May is expected on Scottish mountains, with disappointing temperatures.

‘This is not at all like how early May should feel – and blowy conditions  are ahead. Low pressure will be slap bang across the UK.’

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: ‘Anyone brave enough to have tried a Bank Holiday BBQ would have been huddling around it for warmth.

‘A polar plunge brought one of the coldest early May Bank Holiday weekends the UK has ever had.’

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