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Baltic Britain could be facing a white Easter with freezing conditions predicted to last until mid-April.
The next two days mark a break from the cold snap for many, with temperatures rising into double figures.
But experts have warned the melting snow, combined with heavy rain in some areas, will lead to a risk of flooding.
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The mercury is then set to plummet again, with blizzards expected on Monday night in northern England as temperatures drop to a brutal -14C low.
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The snowfall will drift south to cover the Midlands on Tuesday and Wednesday.
At the same time southern England will shiver in strong winds and freezing rain, with highs of just 4C to 7C expected.
The below-average temperatures will stick around for weeks, with warnings of more snow as late as Easter Sunday on April 9.
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Last night bookies Coral slashed the chance of a white Easter from 3/1 to 4/5 odds-on. Spokesman John Hill quipped: “There’s no danger of Easter eggs melting this year”.
A Met Office forecaster added: “Strong winds will likely turn northerly again, drawing colder air across much of the UK. The theme of snow on the leading edge of spells of rain pushing north is likely to continue.”
The last widespread white Easter was in 2008, while temperatures dropped to then-record lows of -12.5C in 2013, according to Met Office records. But more recently, the 2019 holiday reached a summery high of 24.6C.
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The meteorologist added: “March 24 to April 7 is forecast colder spells in the North, with occasional wintry showers, and a risk of snow mainly on the boundary with rain and strong winds in the milder South.”
The disappointing forecast means March could be colder than winter for the first time in a decade. The temperature this month averages just 3.6C so far – some 2.1C below normal – according to Met Office figures for central England.
It follows a weekend of icy chaos that saw widespread travel disruption as temperatures plunged to -15.7C in northern Scotland on Saturday.
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