Fierce -6C Arctic vortex tears snow across Britain this weekend

Britain is braced for brutal summertime snow and hail this weekend as Nordic temperatures continue to plunge.

Bitter winds from Scandinavia will whip across the country and cause icy storms.

The mercury will plunge to -6C at night and most of the nation will wake to widespread frost.

John Hammond, ex BBC forecaster who runs site Weathertrending, said: "I wouldn't rule out, would you believe it, the odd wintry shower.

"I don't want to make too much of it. It'll be inconsequential but it emphasises how cold this air is, coming in from Scandinavia. It's a significant wind chill.

"That wind will really be a feature of the weather by Sunday across some western areas, across Northern Ireland, Wales and southwest England.

"There is a chance of the odd shower across East Anglia and the southeast in particular.

"Hard and damaging frosts threaten some delicate spring blooms."

The monster gales will reach up to 50mph, especially in Northern Ireland, on Saturday.

It'll make temperatures feel colder but they're not expected to exceed 11C in the daytime anyway. The warmest spots will be across Devon and Dorset, despite the gusts.

Becky Mitchell, Met Office forecaster, told Mirror Online: "There will be daytime highs of between 8C and 11C, which is a little below average for this time of year.

"Overnight, it'll get much colder. On Saturday morning in particular, temperatures in some parts of northern England could be as low as -6C first thing, particularly in the countryside.

"It might be around -5C first thing on Sunday. There will be widespread frost.

"Those winds could be between 40mph and 50mph in Northern Ireland, so it's pretty windy. This will make it feel colder.

"There is a chance towards the end of the weekend it could get windier over towards the west too.

"Then, showers in the east could turn into hail at times. Easterly areas could feel very chilly because of this pressure from Scandinavia."

Today, however, Wales and the southwest are expected to be the warmest regions.

And by Easter, Britain will finally bask in warmer air and sun.

A spokesperson for The Weather Channel said: “We are looking at above-normal temperatures over the Easter weekend but a mixed outlook with drier conditions to the north and cloudier with outbreaks of rain to the south."

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