THE Met Office has warned Brits to expect a “return to Autumn” next week with wind, rain and hill snow on the way.

Meteorologist Aiden McGivern said: “We are looking at a return to autumn with low pressure in charge, and that will bring a return of wet and windy weather.

“It’s a messy transition from high pressure to low pressure."

Temperatures dropped as low as -5C in Wales this morning, following bright spring weather making a brief appearance at the end of February.

England and Wales is expected to be dry with some sunny spells going into Sunday evening.

Follow our weather live blog below for the latest news and updates from around the country

  • Dan Keane

    PLEASANT SPRING WEATHER TO 'END ABRUPTLY'

    The pleasant Spring weather of the last few days is set to end "abruptly", forecasters have warned.

    Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, told the Express: "This is a fairly major system which we expect to affect the UK from Tuesday into Wednesday, it may be something we issue a warning for.

    “We are expecting severe gale-force gusts in exposed regions later on Tuesday and into Wednesday.

    “This system, which is a double-barrelled low-pressure organisation, has got some venom and is going to keep people on their toes.

    “It is safe to say the tranquillity we have enjoyed through the start of the month is about to come to an abrupt end.”

  • Dan Keane

    MET OFFICE WARNS OF 'RETURN TO AUTUMN'

    The Met Office has warned Brits to expect a "return to Autumn" next week with wind, rain and hill snow on the way.

    Meteorologist Aiden McGivern said: “We are looking at a return to autumn with low pressure in charge, and that will bring a return of wet and windy weather.

    “It’s a messy transition from high pressure to low pressure.

    “A core of much stronger winds associated with the jet stream will make progress across the UK bringing wind and rain.

    “We expect some really strong winds potentially into next week, with low pressure after low pressure."

  • Dan Keane

    BRITS HIT THE PARKS

    Brits have been getting out and about today in the sunny weather.

    Pictures show Battersea Park in South London packed with walkers.

    Temperatures remain mild at around 6C.

    Credit: London News Pictures
  • Dan Keane

    'WET AND WINDY' THIS WEEK

    Spring has been in full bloom this weekend, with wall-to-wall sunshine for most of the South.

    But forecasters have warned not to put away your raincoats just yet.

    According to BBC Weather maps, it's set to be a wet and windy Wednesday – with an ominous weather front drifting in from the Atlantic.

  • Dan Keane

    SUN PEEPING THROUGH THE CLOUDS

    The sun is finally starting to shine through the cloudier parts of the UK.

    Met Office satellite images show a large mass of cloud moving away from the South East.

    But it remains cloudy in the South West and North West of England, the map shows.

  • Dan Keane

    SCOTLAND TO BE BATTERED BY 70MPH WINDS

    Scotland is set to be battered by 70mph winds and up to four inches of rain this week.

    Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “It will be quite a change as a very strong near-200mph Atlantic jetstream sees deep low pressure and wet and very windy weather.

    “Storm-force wind gusts over 60mph could be seen later on Wednesday in the West, with in excess of 100mm of rain locally in the North-West over the week.

    “Watch for potential wind and rain warnings – and a little snow could be seen on some hills, especially in the North.”

  • Dan Keane

    SUNNY BRIGHTON

    A family skim stones into the sea as warmer weather brings people to Brighton Beach.

    Temperatures have hovered around 6C on the South coast today – but it hasn't stopped Brits heading out for a weekend stroll.

    It comes before schools are reopened tomorrow – the first step in Boris Johnson's road map out of lockdown.

    Credit: Getty Images – Getty
  • Dan Keane

    WEATHER TO BE 'UNSETTLED' ON THURSDAY

    The weather will be "unsettled" going into Thursday and later into next week, according to the Met Office.

    The weather agency added: "It is remaining unsettled for most on Thursday with frequent blustery showers, winds could reach severe gale around some coasts with gales also possible inland.

    "The unsettled theme is then likely to remain through the following weekend with further spells of rain and showers".

  • Alex Winter

    A MILLION BULBS BURST INTO BLOOM

    A very long winter is finally drawing to an end.

    And these stunning photos show daffodils bursting into bloom in Sidmouth's 'valley of a million bulbs'.

    This photo was taken eight years after £2.3m bequest paid for the fields of the yellow flowers.

    Former RAF pilot Keith Owen planned to retire to the Devon town where his mother lived – but tragically he died in 2007 after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

    He left his entire savings – £2.3m – to the town's Sid Vale Association – and his dying wish was for a million flowers to be planted.

    This is the stunning result.

    Credit: SWNS:South West News Service

     

  • Alex Winter

    MAKING THE MOST OF THE SUNSHINE

    The beach in Swansea is busy today as families enjoy a sunny – although chilly – spring afternoon.

    Image: BNPSCredit: ©Graham Hunt
  • Alex Winter

    MERCURY PLUNGES TO -7.7C

    Temperatures dropped to a very chilly -7.7C last night.

    Sennybridge in Wales had the coldest night, although it was bitter around the UK.

  • Alex Winter

    DRY FOR MOST – BUT CHILLY IN THE SOUTH

  • Alex Winter

    SIX LIVES SAVED IN ROUGH SEAS

    RNLI volunteers helped save six lives off the Cornwall coast in choppy seas.

    The crew raced to the aid of fishing boat Ocean Pride after the vessel started taking on water in a "critical" situation.

    Officials said the boat was "taken in water at a considerable rate nine nautical miles south of Porthcurno".

    "On arrival the situation was critical for the crew of the Ocean Pride – she was taking in water through her stern tube at such a rate that the four or five onboard pumps could not keep up with the flow," they said.

    All crew were rescued and taken back to shore.

  • Dan Keane

    TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY OUTLOOK

    Tuesday will be mostly dry but it will be dull with cloudy skies and there is a chance of a few spots of drizzle at times, according to Meteogroup.

    Rain will push into the north-west later in the day.

    Meanwhile, Wednesday will be overcast and unsettled with thick cloud and rain which will spread eastwards during the day.

  • Dan Keane

    HIGH PRESSURE STILL DOMINATES

    The Met Office have issued their usual morning update.

    Satellite imagery shows high pressure still dominating across the UK.

    They write: "With high pressure still dominating proceedings across the UK we should see another settled day for many of us with some #sunshine, but also some areas of #cloud."

  • Dan Keane

    BRITS ENJOY GLORIOUS SPRING MORNING

    Brits have been enjoying the gorgeous sunny weather this morning.

    People were pictured out and about in Lyme Regis, Dorset enjoying the sunshine.

    Temperatures remain cool at 6C, but the weather has largely been dry and sunny.

    Credit: Alamy Live News
  • Dan Keane

    'HEAVY RAIN ON WEDNESDAY'

    Ms Keith-Lucas added: "In the week ahead it will be all change. We will lose that high pressure and frontal systems will move in from the Atlantic.

    "As the cloud increases, the winds will pick up and there could be fairly heavy rain on Wednesday sweeping in.

    "The worst of the wet and windy weather arrives on Wednesday morning.

    "We are in for a spell of quite stormy weather but it will bring some milder air with it too."

  • Dan Keane

    TEMPERATURE DROP

    BBC meteorologist Sarah Keith-Lucas has said that temperatures have dropped as low as -7C this morning.

    She said: "It is a chilly start to the day.

    "High pressure is still in charge of our weather this morning, and there is quite a cold airmass for most of us.

    "But we are starting to see milder air pushing in from the north. That will see a bit more cloud and rain across northern Scotland and maybe a few showers down across the east.

    "For most of us, the temperatures still not great for this time of year – around 7C or 8C."

  • Dan Keane

    MONDAY FORECAST

    Meteogroup predicts a mostly dry start to the day on Monday with a few early sunny spells.

    However, most areas across England and Wales will be rather dull and cloudy during the day.

    Scotland and Northern Ireland will be rather dull and cloudy but with outbreaks of rain and drizzle.

  • Dan Keane

    DULL EVENING

    It's set to be a dull evening with thick cloud cover, according to Meteogroup.

    In their morning update, the forecaster predicts a damp night across Scotland with outbreaks of light rain.

    Further south, it will be dry with clear spells and variable amounts of cloud.

  • Dan Keane

    'HOLDING ON TO FINE WEATHER'

    Met office forecaster Marco Petagna says Brits should expect "fine weather" today.

    He told the Mirror: "We're holding onto fine weather on Sunday some rain across Scotland and patchy rain in parts of Northern Ireland as well but for most of southern Scotland, England and Wales it's a frosty start in some places but sunshine and some winds as well north and northwest.

    "It's wet and windy around the middle of the week today and tomorrow looks fine.

    "Some of that rain slips south into northern England. By night it will be below freezing with temperate down to -7 and a half in Wales."

  • Dan Keane

    SOUTH COAST SUNRISE

    Rustington in West Sussex saw a gorgeous sunrise this morning.

    But it remains a chilly start to the day, with temperatures on the South Coasthovering around 0C.

    It will warm up slightly later, reaching highs of 6C.

    Credit: PA:Empics Entertainment
  • Dan Keane

    FROSTY START

    It has been a frosty start this morning for much of the UK.

    In fact, Met Office maps show the temperature plunging as low as -7.7C in Sennybridge, Wales.

    And Okehampton in Devon saw the mercury fall to -6.3C.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WATCH: DRONE FOOTAGE SHOWS EERIE GHOST TOWNS FROZEN IN TIME AFTER RESIDENTS FLED HELLISH -50C TEMPERATURES

    Incredible drone footage shows eerie abandoned ghost towns frozen in time after residents fled hellish -50C temperatures

  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE: A COLD NIGHT FOR MUCH OF THE COUNTRY

    The Met Office tweeted: "It's going to be a cold night for a lot of the country.

    "A sharp frost is likely where skies stay clear, especially in Wales and western parts of England.

    "Perhaps not quite as cold further east and across Scotland thicker cloud will generally keep temperatures above freezing."

     

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