Britain to be hit by heavy rain before Arctic air sends temperatures tumbling with snow for some, Met Office says
BRITS have been warned they will be battered by torrential rain – before Artic air brings snow for some.
The Met Office predicts a stormy weekend as a band of heavy showers and gales of up to 43mph are set to drench large parts of the UK.
The Met Office told The Sun: “Northerly flow at the start of the week will bring cold air and a brisk wind to the north of the UK.
“Wintry showers will start from Sunday evening and into Monday in northern Scotland.
“The cold air will move south and be across much of the UK through Tuesday.”
A spokesman added that settling snow is expected in the Scottish Highlands, with 15C the expected high nationwide on both Saturday and Sunday.
The Met Office forecast for this weekend reads: “Unsettled Saturday with showers or longer spells of rain.
“Turning increasingly cold with wintry showers from Sunday in Scotland, then more widely cold from Monday.”
The cold weather will continue for the rest of the month, with forecasters predicting scattered wintry showers for some parts of the UK from Monday April 24 until Wednesday May 3.
Wet and wild weather will move along the north east through Friday night, meaning those in Hull, York, and Leeds may be woken by the sound of heavy rainfall.
Manchester and Birmingham are also set to be battered until the early hours of Saturday morning.
By 7am areas in central Newcastle are forecast to be drenched with up to 16mm of rain per hour.
Moving south, Bristol, Reading and Swindon will also see some travel delays and disruption but this will clear by late morning.
In the afternoon, meteorologists predict most precipitation will be concentrated in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast and Derry.
Wind gusts will reach 33mph in those areas, while the south of the UK will see highs of 24mph.
The Scottish Highlands will feel the affects by late evening, including gales of 43mph, continuing through the night and into Sunday.
Brits have been warned the majority of the UK end the weekend with more bad weather.
Temperatures across Saturday and Sunday will remain fairly mild with highs of 13C in the north and south.
Monday will see these figures plummet to just above 0C and those in Northern Scotland are set to feel icy lows of -1C by Tuesday.
It comes after Brits soaked up 16C sun this week in a brief premonition of summer.