BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood WARNS Arctic blast to strike for May Day bank holiday

The wintry conditions will hit the UK on Thursday and will continue throughout the weekend causing temperatures to drop as low as 6C. BBC Weather forecaster Carol Kirkwood warned conditions will turn so cold for some, wintry showers will be expected on higher and lower grounds in the north. She said: “Tomorrow we start to see a change in the weather from the north.

“That’s because we have a cold front moving south across northern Scotland and heading south towards northern England by the end of the day.

“And behind it we’re pulling Arctic air. There will be some showers around as well and some sunshine.

“Ahead of it we’re still in the milder conditions and still quite cloudy and still quite showery.

“Some of them will be heavy and possibly thundery as well.

“By the time we head to Friday, we still have that weather front careering south across England and Wales taking showers with it.

“Behind it, note the difference in the temperatures. Cold enough for some wintery showers across parts of northern Scotland.

“Most of those will be in the hills but we could see one or two on lower levels at times.”

Met Office forecaster Alex Burkill also warned temperatures will start plummeting on Tuesday night.

He said: “Temperatures may turn a little bit cooler as we head towards that long bank holiday weekend.”

The Met Office forecast added: “During the Bank Holiday weekend a pattern of generally dry weather is likely to develop, with some sunshine across most parts, although western and northern areas may eventually see some unsettled and windier conditions later.”

Some parts might even see overnight frost as nights cool down significantly.

The cold conditions will not last for too long, however, as a "Spanish plume" is expected to hit the country later this month.

According to Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze, highs of up to 28C could arrive in Britain as early as next month as hot air blows in from Spain.

He said: “28C would not be a surprise later in May, with warm air expected to arrive from southern Europe, known as a ‘Spanish plume’.”

BBC Weather agrees we are looking at an early start to summer in May.

The BBC weather site forecasts “drier and calmer weather... with warm weather at times and temperatures above normal for the time of year.”

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