Met Office forecast: 'Unusual' cold snap will give way to scorching highs this week

Temperatures have plunged over the past few days, with snow showers and blizzards hitting the Highlands. The cold weather is due to an area of high pressure located to the west of the UK, bringing across Arctic air.

However, this pressure will move east and then south - with BBC meteorologist Ben Rich explaining this will allow "some significantly warmer air" to move in, and the UK can "expect those temperatures to begin to climb".

The cold weather over the past week has been rather "unusual" say forecasters, and a drastic change from the 25C highs earlier in May.

meteorologist Matthew Box said: "Coming towards the end of spring, these temperatures are a bit more unusual.

"You'd expect these sorts of temperatures in April or March, but it's not completely uncommon. It's certainly not the coldest."

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"Further south will not be as cold but also not as sunny, with perhaps the odd spot of rain".

Across much of the UK today it will be a chilly start, but once the cloud drops in the south, it will be a day of sunny skies with the odd shower.

Craig Snell from the Met Office said: "Despite the sunshine, there may be a slight breeze, temperatures struggling at just 14 degrees in the south, in the north 10 or 11.

"But having said that, it's May, so the sun is strong, so if you're in the sunshine it should feel pleasant."

"It's going to gradually get warmer, for many southern areas there will be very little rain for the next four or five days - a continuation of what we've been having.

"By the weekend, we could see 21 or 22 degrees in the south - back up to the average temperature for this time of year.

"In the north, we might see a greater risk of rain, a little more changeable in the northern half of the UK."

Met Office five day forecast

Today

Starting cloudy for some but many areas dry with some sunshine by afternoon.

The odd shower is possible, most likely in eastern areas but even here some sunshine. Breezy for some and feeling rather chilly, after early frost in places.

Tonight

Light showers in some southeast coastal areas and patchy rain in the far north. Elsewhere, clearer skies, leading to another cold night with frost in a number of areas.

Thursday

Rather cloudy with patchy rain in the north, while the odd light shower affects the extreme southeast.

Elsewhere sunshine at times and with lighter winds it should feel somewhat warmer.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday

Across central and southern areas it will be dry with sunny spells.

Further north it will often be cloudier with some rain or showers, especially in the northwest. Warming up.

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