Freezing polar winds are set to sweep a sub-zero chill across Britain tonight – with snowfall predicted up north and sleet due in London and the south  Britons today woke up to temperatures as low as -8C (18F) on another bitterly-cold day as forecasters warned ‘nobody is entirely immune’ to layers of the white stuff

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Freezing polar winds are set to sweep a sub-zero chill across Britain tonight – with snowfall predicted up north and sleet due in London and the south  Britons today woke up to temperatures as low as -8C (18F) on another bitterly-cold day as forecasters warned ‘nobody is entirely immune’ to layers of the white stuff

Freezing polar winds are set to sweep a sub-zero chill across Britain tonight – with snowfall predicted up north and sleet due in London and the south 

Britons today woke up to temperatures as low as -8C (18F) on another bitterly-cold day as forecasters warned ‘nobody is entirely immune’ to layers of the white stuff.

As the UK returns to work after the Easter break, the day started with the mercury at just -2C (29F) in the South of England and -5C (23F) in the North, while isolated parts of northern and central Scotland were even colder.

And tonight will be no better, with a brutally-cold Arctic air stream sending temperatures dropping to as low as -7C (19.4) in Scotland, with the north of England faring only slightly better at -5 (23F).

Snow has already started falling in Hertfordshire, with locals sharing pictures of a blanket of white on the ground – while Londoners reported flurries earlier in the evening.

But lockdown-weary Britons don’t need to pack away the suncream yet, as temperatures are predicted to soar to a balmy 55F by Thursday.

It comes after a day of chaos yesterday which saw heavy snow, blizzards and sub-zero temperatures before bright sunlight broke out in the late afternoon – one week after last Tuesday brought the hottest March day in 53 years.

Today, Britons in parts of the UK again battled through heavy snow and bitterly cold winds as some commuters returned to the office, with the icy weather set to continue with temperatures feeling barely above freezing.

But as people in England look forward to more lockdown easing next Monday, with the return of al fresco dining, temperatures are set to rise in time with highs of around 16C (61F) expected next week. It comes as:

  • Met Office snow warnings are in place for northern Scotland, West Wales and Northern Ireland this morning;
  • Temperatures are forecast to hit highs of just 8C (46F) in the South and 5C (41F) in the North today;
  • Heavy snowfall caused treacherous road conditions in the Scottish Highlands where up to 6in (15cm) fell;
  • Two binmen escaped with minor injuries when their 26-ton lorry was blown over by winds in Leeds;
  • The Royal Horticultural Society told gardeners not to be in a rush to plant seeds amid the uncertain weather.

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said wintry showers will sweep across Wales, South West England, and down the east coast during today.

A motorist drives their car through blizzard conditions this morning at Tregaron in Ceredigion, West Wales

A motorist drives their car through blizzard conditions this morning at Tregaron in Ceredigion, West Wales

A motorist drives their car through blizzard conditions this morning at Tregaron in Ceredigion, West Wales

A van travels along the A832 Braemore Junction to Dundonnell road in the Highlands today after snow fell in the region

A van travels along the A832 Braemore Junction to Dundonnell road in the Highlands today after snow fell in the region

A van travels along the A832 Braemore Junction to Dundonnell road in the Highlands today after snow fell in the region

A snow storm hits St Peter's Square in Manchester city centre this afternoon as two people struggle to walk in the conditions

A snow storm hits St Peter's Square in Manchester city centre this afternoon as two people struggle to walk in the conditions

A snow storm hits St Peter’s Square in Manchester city centre this afternoon as two people struggle to walk in the conditions

Beachgoers find themselves caught in a snowstorm as snow hits Seaburn Promenade in Sunderland this afternoon

Beachgoers find themselves caught in a snowstorm as snow hits Seaburn Promenade in Sunderland this afternoon

Beachgoers find themselves caught in a snowstorm as snow hits Seaburn Promenade in Sunderland this afternoon

Snow in the village of Balnain in the Scottish Highlands, about 20 miles south west of Inverness, is pictured this morning

Snow in the village of Balnain in the Scottish Highlands, about 20 miles south west of Inverness, is pictured this morning

Snow in the village of Balnain in the Scottish Highlands, about 20 miles south west of Inverness, is pictured this morning

A snow storm hits St Peter's Square in Manchester city centre today, just days after the warmest March day in 53 years

A snow storm hits St Peter's Square in Manchester city centre today, just days after the warmest March day in 53 years

A snow storm hits St Peter’s Square in Manchester city centre today, just days after the warmest March day in 53 years

Snow covers fields in Belfast this morning after the Met Office put parts of Northern Ireland under a weather warning

Snow covers fields in Belfast this morning after the Met Office put parts of Northern Ireland under a weather warning

Snow covers fields in Belfast this morning after the Met Office put parts of Northern Ireland under a weather warning

Beachgoers find themselves caught in a snowstochrm as the white stuff hits Seaburn Promenade in Sunderland this afternoon

Beachgoers find themselves caught in a snowstochrm as the white stuff hits Seaburn Promenade in Sunderland this afternoon

Beachgoers find themselves caught in a snowstorm as the white stuff hits Seaburn Promenade in Sunderland this afternoon

A car travels along the snowy A832 Braemore Junction to Dundonnell road in the Scottish Highlands this morning

A car travels along the snowy A832 Braemore Junction to Dundonnell road in the Scottish Highlands this morning

A car travels along the snowy A832 Braemore Junction to Dundonnell road in the Scottish Highlands this morning

Two dogs out make the most of being out in the snow at West Shore Beach in Llandundo, North Wales, this morning

Two dogs out make the most of being out in the snow at West Shore Beach in Llandundo, North Wales, this morning

Two dogs out make the most of being out in the snow at West Shore Beach in Llandundo, North Wales, this morning

Light snow fell overnight in Princetown, Devon, which is pictured this morning as temperatures drop below freezing

Light snow fell overnight in Princetown, Devon, which is pictured this morning as temperatures drop below freezing

Light snow fell overnight in Princetown, Devon, which is pictured this morning as temperatures drop below freezing

Waves crash over the walls next to Seaham Lighthouse in Durham this morning as strong winds hit the coast

Waves crash over the walls next to Seaham Lighthouse in Durham this morning as strong winds hit the coast

Waves crash over the walls next to Seaham Lighthouse in Durham this morning as strong winds hit the coast

Temperatures are below zero in parts of Britain this morning

Temperatures are below zero in parts of Britain this morning

And tonight will be no better, with a brutally-cold Arctic air stream sending temperatures dropping to as low as -7C (19.4) in Scotland, with the north of England faring only slightly better at -5 (23F)

And tonight will be no better, with a brutally-cold Arctic air stream sending temperatures dropping to as low as -7C (19.4) in Scotland, with the north of England faring only slightly better at -5 (23F)

Temperatures are below zero in parts of Britain this morning (left). And tonight will be no better, with a brutally-cold Arctic air stream sending temperatures dropping to as low as -7C (19.4) in Scotland, with the north of England faring only slightly better at -5 (23F) (right)

The snow started to fall in Hertfordshire this afternoon as the temperature dropped country-wide. The ground was blanketed in the white stuff

The snow started to fall in Hertfordshire this afternoon as the temperature dropped country-wide. The ground was blanketed in the white stuff

The snow started to fall in Hertfordshire this afternoon as the temperature dropped country-wide.

The ground was blanketed in the white stuff

A snow storm hit St Peter's Square in Manchester city centre on Tuesday April 6 - just days after the temperature reached 21C

A snow storm hit St Peter's Square in Manchester city centre on Tuesday April 6 - just days after the temperature reached 21C

A snow storm hit St Peter’s Square in Manchester city centre on Tuesday April 6 – just days after the temperature reached 21C

A group in St Peter's Square in Manchester city centre were seen wrapped up warm as the snow began to fall

A group in St Peter's Square in Manchester city centre were seen wrapped up warm as the snow began to fall

A group in St Peter’s Square in Manchester city centre were seen wrapped up warm as the snow began to fall

In New Islington Marina in Manchester city centre, visibility was affected by the heavy snow which started just days after sweltering temperatures

In New Islington Marina in Manchester city centre, visibility was affected by the heavy snow which started just days after sweltering temperatures

In New Islington Marina in Manchester city centre, visibility was affected by the heavy snow which started just days after sweltering temperatures

He said: ‘Through the afternoon we might even get a few homegrown showers, so really anywhere tomorrow could catch a wintry shower by the time we get to the end of the afternoon.

‘Nobody is entirely immune to the odd bit of sleet or snow.

It won’t last long and it won’t settle for very long either, but nobody is going to be 100 per cent safe from not seeing anything.’

Snow warnings are in place for northern Scotland until 10am, with as much as 0.8in (2cm) falling in higher areas.

A separate yellow warning for snow and ice was in place for west Wales and Northern Ireland until 10am, with up to 1.6in (4cm) expected to fall.

Temperatures were forecast to hit highs of just 8C (46F) in the South of England this afternoon, and around 4C (39F) to 5C (41F) in the North later today.

However, Mr Partridge said the windchill will see most of the south feel ‘a couple of degrees above freezing’, while in Scotland the temperature will feel around -5C (23F).

Tonight is forecast to be the coldest this week, Ganool with the mercury plummeting to -5C (23F) in southern and central England in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

In the north of England and into Scotland, temperatures are expected to hover around -6C (21F) to -8C (18F).

Britain has had a week of topsy-turvy weather which has brought the hottest March day in 53 years as well as heavy snow

Britain has had a week of topsy-turvy weather which has brought the hottest March day in 53 years as well as heavy snow

Britain has had a week of topsy-turvy weather which has brought the hottest March day in 53 years as well as heavy snow

A van drives along the A832 Braemore Junction to Dundonnell road this morning as the Highlands experiences heavy snow

A van drives along the A832 Braemore Junction to Dundonnell road this morning as the Highlands experiences heavy snow

A van drives along the A832 Braemore Junction to Dundonnell road this morning as the Highlands experiences heavy snow 

People try to avoid waves crashing over the walls at Cullercoats near Tynemouth this morning

People try to avoid waves crashing over the walls at Cullercoats near Tynemouth this morning

People try to avoid waves crashing over the walls at Cullercoats near Tynemouth this morning

Snow covers the green at Wrexham Golf Club this morning as North Wales is hit by wintry conditions this week

Snow covers the green at Wrexham Golf Club this morning as North Wales is hit by wintry conditions this week

Snow covers the green at Wrexham Golf Club this morning as North Wales is hit by wintry conditions this week

Light snow fell overnight in Princetown, Devon, where it can be seen on car windscreens this morning

Light snow fell overnight in Princetown, Devon, where it can be seen on car windscreens this morning

Light snow fell overnight in Princetown, Devon, where it can be seen on car windscreens this morning

Snow covers a table and chairs in Shropshire this morning as parts of Britain continue to see the white stuff

Snow covers a table and chairs in Shropshire this morning as parts of Britain continue to see the white stuff

Snow covers a table and chairs in Shropshire this morning as parts of Britain continue to see the white stuff

A car windscreen has a light dusting of snow this morning after flurries fell overnight in Princetown, Devon

A car windscreen has a light dusting of snow this morning after flurries fell overnight in Princetown, Devon

A car windscreen has a light dusting of snow this morning after flurries fell overnight in Princetown, Devon

A jogger goes for a run this morning after light snow fell overnight in Princetown, Devon

A jogger goes for a run this morning after light snow fell overnight in Princetown, Devon

A jogger goes for a run this morning after light snow fell overnight in Princetown, Devon

Commuters at London Bridge head back to work after the four-day Easter weekend in cold but bright weather this morning

Commuters at London Bridge head back to work after the four-day Easter weekend in cold but bright weather this morning

Commuters at London Bridge head back to work after the four-day Easter weekend in cold but bright weather this morning

A woman takes a photo of the view from London Bridge during morning rush hour today as workers return to the office

A woman takes a photo of the view from London Bridge during morning rush hour today as workers return to the office

A woman takes a photo of the view from London Bridge during morning rush hour today as workers return to the office

People cross London Bridge towards the City of London this morning during rush hour as workers return to the office

People cross London Bridge towards the City of London this morning during rush hour as workers return to the office

People cross London Bridge towards the City of London this morning during rush hour as workers return to the office

Tomorrow will be a mostly dry day, with temperatures forecast to be around 8C (46F) to 10C (50F) in the South.

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