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Britain faces -8C ‘Polar Plunge’ today as icy blast brings April cold snap

BRITS are facing an -8C ‘polar plunge’ today as an icy blast brings an April cold snap.

The Met Office estimated up to 2in of snow was set to fall overnight as temperatures plummeted across the country.

Peterborough was blanketed in snow on Thursday morning

Peterborough was blanketed in snow on Thursday morningAnerkennung: Terry Harris
Locals and their dog were out in the Valley Gardens this morning to enjoy the scenery in Harrogate

Locals and their dog were out in the Valley Gardens this morning to enjoy the scenery in HarrogateAnerkennung: Alamy
More snow fell today after last week's hot weather

More snow fell today after last week’s hot weatherAnerkennung: Alamy

The white stuff could even spark rush hour travel chaos on roads and rail.

Met Office forecaster Sarah Kent said: “The snow’s going to fall across quite a wide area, mainly along the east coast, taking in Northumberland, the North York Moors and the Pennines.

Another band of snow will affect Kent and Essex and the temperatures are going to be low enough for it to settle.

Sie hat hinzugefügt: “It’s not that unusual to see snow around Easter time.

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COLD BLAST

Britain blasted by SNOW and sleet hit as Met Office issues MULTIPLE ice warnings

But it’s more of a shock to the system because of the unusually high 20C temperatures we were enjoying this time last week.

They issued two yellow weather warnings for snow and ice covering the north east, Lincs., East Anglia, Essex and Kent.

‘COLD AIR IS COMING

The mercury will remain below the 12C average for this time of year until at least Sunday.

In more exposed coastal areas the wind chill factor will make it feel more like freezing.

But by Monday the snow will make way for more milder conditionsand the arrival of April showers.

An extremely cold Richmond Park this morning after a bitterly cold evening

An extremely cold Richmond Park this morning after a bitterly cold eveningAnerkennung: Rick Findler / Story-Bildagentur
The snow covered village of Hutton Le Hole in Yorkshire after heavy snow fall this morning

The snow covered village of Hutton Le Hole in Yorkshire after heavy snow fall this morning
Motorists clear snow from their vehicles on a residential street in Durham this morning

Motorists clear snow from their vehicles on a residential street in Durham this morning

Donal Considine of the BBC’s forecaster DTN MeteoGroup said: “The cold air is coming from right up at the North Pole, so is as cold as it can get.

“It will definitely be unusually cold for London, with -2C forecast at Heathrow on Friday morning and Friday night, with -4C away from the city while -10C is possible for Scotland’s Highland glens on Friday morning.”

A Met Office forecaster said: “Sub-zero temperatures are possible for for much of the UK with -8C possible in the north of Scotland.”

Londoners were among those hit by snow yesterday as the Arctic blast swept through Britain.

The bone-chilling plunge saw temperatures dip below freezing first thing, with thick flurries of the white stuff spotted across the capital.

A yellow weather warning for ice was put in place over most of eastern Britain, which is set to last until 10am today.

According to forecasterssnow and hail showers could lead to icy surfaces, with possible travel disruption”.

Met Office forecaster Matthew Box told The Sun Online: “We’ve got a cold air mass across the UK from the north.

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Behind it are showers and they’re bringing a mix of rain sleet and snow mainly to the east of the UK.

This morning in particular we’ve got temperatures at or below zero in many places.

Locals out in the Valley Gardens this morning to enjoy the snow

Locals out in the Valley Gardens this morning to enjoy the snowAnerkennung: Alamy
Gaby, 4, with the snowman she has just made with her mum in the Valley Gardens

Gaby, 4, with the snowman she has just made with her mum in the Valley GardensAnerkennung: Alamy