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[Updated 06:40 08/04/2021]
The weather will be mixed today with scattered showers in the southern half of the UK and rain in the north. Temperatures climb a little higher than recently as milder Atlantic air pushes in. Through tomorrow and Friday colder Arctic air returns southwards and wintry showers develop. The weekend brings a risk of snow showers and widespread nighttime frosts as spring remains on hold.
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Thursday begins with a patchy frost in central and south eastern areas. In the west there are showers and more persistent spells of rain are affecting north western areas, with snow on their leading edge. Through the day the wet conditions in the north west slowly push southeastwards across Scotland and Northern Ireland. England and Wales have dry periods but thicker cloud brings the risk of showers at times. Windy in the north.
Maximum temperatures range from 6C (42F) in the far north west to 12C (54F) in the south. See the rain radar for the latest view.
Tonight the band of rain in the north continues pushing southeastwards. By the end of the night it reaches southern Wales and central England. To its north scattered wintry showers develop and there will be a frost. Southern England remains dry but cloudier skies should stop temperatures dipping as low as they have during recent nights.
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Tomorrow patchy spells of rain move down into southern counties. To their north very cold Arctic air returns and showers increasingly fall as snow to low levels. A widespread and sharp frost returns to much of the UK overnight, but in the south east cloud probably keeps it less cold.
A cold weekend is expected. Sleet or snow showers may be widespread on Saturday in much of the UK with the heaviest ones in central and northern areas. In southern coastal counties and the south east there is an ongoing risk of longer spells of rain. On their northern edge they could turn to sleet or wet snow at times.
Sunday brings a mix of sunny spells and wintry showers. In northern and western Scotland there is a risk of longer spells of sleet or snow. Cold for April, with a widespread frost early and late.
Early next week temperatures are expected to gradually edge upwards in the southern half of the UK but in the north it remains cold. In Scotland there is a risk of showery sleet or snow. Elsewhere showers or longer spells of rain are possible.
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