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UK weather: Britain to plummet from hotter than Ibiza to colder than Iceland

 

London has seen a wild mix of weather over the past couple of months, form gale force winds during Storm Eunice to the glorious sunshine over the past week, and another change in the forecast is set to see the UK’s temperature to plummet to colder than Iceland. The sunny weather Londoners enjoyed last week seemed too good to be true.

From today, Monday March 28, cold air will persist throughout the week and the Met Office has forecast snow flurries in the North, thankfully avoiding the capital. Marco Petagna, a Met Office Forecaster, said: “A shock to the system lies ahead, with a taste of winter returning as British Summer Time starts.

“It’s a notable change from warm to colder weather, with Tuesday’s cold front bringing the risk of hill snow before wintry showers follow.”

READ MORE: Met Office predicts snow will hit after week of glorious sunshine

A London bus drives through a snow flurry in Westminster© Eleanor Riley/Getty Images A London bus drives through a snow flurry in Westminster

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The cold conditions are expected to hit London and the south from Thursday March 31 and there’s already a marked difference in the weather conditions this morning as the summer sun seems to have been a fleeting treat. The colder conditions will bring with it a chance of snow, and in some regions of the UK, around four inches of snow are expected.

For Londoners who had begun to whip out the summer outfits and head out into the sunshine the change in weather will come as a shock. For the next week or so, at least, many in the capital will be swapping their sunglasses and sun cream for warm jumpers and will have to put away their summer shorts for the foreseeable.

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The cold spell is expected to last a week, lasting until early April. Temperatures are expected to plummet to -4 degrees Celsius in the north and Londoners may also be likely to experience sub zero chills. The chillier temperatures are not expected to end until later on in April.

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The sudden drop in temperature will see a drastic shift from the highs of 20C over the weekend to just 6C or 7C in some areas from Thursday March 21. To put that into context, Britain was warmer than Ibiza’s 16C high over the weekend and will plummet to temps chillier than Reykjavik’s 8C by the end of the week.

A second Met Office Forecaster added that some can still expect some sunshine today, March 28, but that it will not last long. They said: “Showers or longer spells of rain will follow across many parts from Tuesday, then turning colder with wintry showers in northern areas. From Thursday has possible frequent wintry showers across the North, with further South having some showers and perhaps hill snow with a small chance of this reaching low levels.”

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