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Another Arctic plunge on the way

[Updated 06:30 09/04/2021]

Heavy wintry showers incoming. Posted by toppiker60

A band of patchy rain pushes down over central and southern counties today. Areas to its north will be cold and bright, but wintry showers develop. The weekend brings sleet or snow showers to central and northern regions. In parts of the south there is a risk of longer spells of rain, sleet and snow.

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Friday begins with patchy outbreaks of rain stretching from central Wales to East Anglia. Elsewhere it is mostly dry and there has been a frost in the north. Through the day the rain slowly moves into southern counties. Areas to the north will be cold and bright, but wintry showers develop. 

Maximum temperatures range from 4C (39F) in Scotland to 12C (54F) in the south east. See the rain radar for the latest view.

Arpege chart 1
Meteo France Arpege, rain and snow, 16:00 Friday, 9th April

Tonight central and northern areas have a widespread frost. Sleet or snow showers affect coastal counties. The south remains cloudier and there is a risk of patchy outbreaks of rain which could turn to sleet or wet snow on their northern edge.

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Tomorrow central and northern areas start mainly dry and frosty. Through the day sleet or snow showers become quite widespread and some of them could be heavy. In the south and south east longer periods of rain are possible and at times they may fall as sleet or wet snow, especially over high ground.

Arpege chart 2
Meteo France Arpege, rain and snow, 16:00 Saturday, 10th April

Change next week

The wintry theme continues on Sunday. Outbreaks of rain, sleet or snow are expected to clear from the south eastern corner in the morning. Wintry showers develop in the north and through the afternoon they push into central and southern counties. Some of them could be heavy, with sleet or snow falling to low levels.

Early next week temperatures gradually edge upwards in the southern half of the UK but in the north it stays cold. In Scotland there is a risk of showery sleet or snow. Elsewhere showers or longer spells of rain are possible.

Through the middle of the week it probably becomes more settled as high pressure builds. Daytime temperatures recover but the chance of nighttime frosts remains. 

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GFS, surface pressure and precipitation, 16:00 Tuesday, 12th April

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