The Met Office says the UK’s weather will be ugly this week, with snow, hail, thunderstorms and strong winds all expected
Britain is bracing for days of heavy snow, torrential rain and strong winds as miserable wintry weather strikes a week on from record 21C heat.
“Significant” snowfall and hail are expected in the north while the rest of the country is battered by heavy rain that will be thundery at times.
The conditions will last throughout the week as an Atlantic jet stream brings a succession of low pressure systems to the UK, just days after Storm Freya pummelled a vast swathe of the country.
The rest of March isn’t looking too good, as the weather likely won’t begin to calm down until after spring arrives on March 20.
Tuesday got off to a chilly start with frost in places and showers mainly in the north of the UK.
The Met Office said Northern Ireland, northern England and Scotland will see showers, while sleet or snow is expected on high ground in Scotland.
It will be a mainly bright day elsewhere until heavy rain and strong winds arrive later in southwest England and Wales.
Temperatures will hover around 10C.
In the evening, heavy rain will spread across England and Wales, reaching Northern Ireland and southern Scotland overnight.
Coastal gales will batter the south and there will be patchy frost in the north.
Wednesday is shaping up to be a repeat, with rain and hill snow across the far north of England and Scotland, the Met Office said.
Heavy, blustery showers across England and Wales could be thundery at times.
There will be a mix of sunshine and showers in Northern Ireland and northwest Scotland
The rest of the week will bring spells of wet and windy weather, hill snow in the north and overnight frosts.
Similar conditions are likely through the weekend and into next week.
The Met Office warned the Atlantic jet stream would be bringing a succession of low pressure systems to the UK in the coming days.
The spokesman said: “The jet stream is bringing us a more unsettled pattern. The pattern is on repeat for the rest of the next few days and indeed into the weekend.”
The latest maps from Netweather.tv suggest snow or wintry showers could fall in many places on Monday and Tuesday next week.