BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood warns hail, sleet and SNOW to hit UK as nation begins lockdown

The BBC forecaster warned temperatures will dramatically drop from 16C to single figures and "almost anywhere" in the country snow showers will return this weekend. Until then, sunny spells for England and Wales and heavy rain showers for Scotland and Northern Ireland. said: “Especially in England and Wales, you’ll need to wrap up warmly if you are able to go out. Today, the rain across the north-west of Scotland, some of that will be heavy, and it will be windy as you can tell from the wind gusts indicated at up to 56mph.

“In Scotland, something a bit drier and brighter.

“A lot of dry weather and a lot of sunshine, some of that with a bit more cloud for west Wales, west England and south-west England at times through the day.

“Temperatures between 8C to 15C or 16C as we move towards Liverpool. But somewhere could see temperatures just a little bit higher.”

But weather conditions are set to change dramatically over the weekend. Ms Kirkwood said: “This weekend it is going to be dry for many and there will be some sunshine. But on Sunday there will be some wintry showers - that means a mixture of hail, sleet and snow almost anywhere.”

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The  has issued a three-day weather warning for the UK advising of heavy persistent rain which may lead to flooding.

The weather forecaster has warned homes and businesses may be affected with some interruption to power supplies and other services possible causing mayhem for areas where people are likely working from home due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Met Office weather warning was in effect from 6pm on Monday until 12pm on Wednesday.

The warning reads: "Flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely.

"Bus services probably affected with journey times taking longer.

"Spray and flooding on roads probably making journey times longer. Some interruption to power supplies and other services is possible."

The Met Office's long-range weather forecast predicts dry and settled conditions to dominate through the end of March and into early April, bringing plenty of bright or sunny spells across the UK, particularly in the south and east.

However, the weather forecaster warns that rain is likely to spread to northwestern areas at times, which could briefly develop more widely.

This unsettled weather could become more widespread across the north towards the end of the period.

Winds will be predominantly light, but for north and northwestern regions there could be periods of stronger winds.

Mist and fog patches are possible, but these will be quick to clear given the time of year.

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