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UK weather: Cold temperatures predicted but a warm Easter could be on its way

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The UK is predicted to see chilly temperatures in the run up to Easter – but early signs indicate the long weekend will be dry and bright.

For the rest of the week, Brits can expect to brace themselves for cooler conditions over the next few days following a relatively warm start to the week. Last night, temperatures dipped to as low as -3C in Northern Ireland.

However, it is good news for Easter – with early signs showing the weather will warm up for the start of April with highs of 12C expected.

But for this week, cold air is set to move in from the Arctic region from tonight with the mercury dropping in the south.

Northern Ireland will see temperatures of as low as -3C, the Met Office said.

“It will feel more like winter than spring, with polar air expected in coming weeks,” he said.

The Met Office said in its forecast for tonight: “Clear spells leading to a chilly night with a touch of frost in places, and odd fog patches in the southwest. 

“Northwestern areas less cold, with low cloud and patchy drizzle, while odd showers may fringe the southeast of England.”

In London temperatures are expected to hit lows of 6C tonight.

Temperatures will hit 9C tomorrow, 10C on Friday and 11C throughout the weekend. Conditions will be cloudy throughout the next four days.

About the weekend, the Met Office forecast continued: “Some rain at first in the east, otherwise mostly dry but rather cloudy. Feeling warm, especially in any sunshine, but the southeast colder with some overnight frost. Mostly light winds.”

Easter weekend – which this year runs from Good Friday on April 2 to Easter Monday on 5 April – will be the first time many people can meet up in months.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “Going into April, settled conditions are likely to continue in southern and eastern areas, where a good deal of dry and bright weather will occur.

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