Met Office confirms temperatures to plunge by 24C as UK braces for -2C Polar freeze

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The hottest day of the year so far will be followed by parts of the UK dropping to -2C, the Met Office has predicted.

20:29, Sat, Apr 13, 2024 | UPDATED: 20:30, Sat, Apr 13, 2024

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Temperatures are forecast to drop below 0C (Image: Getty)

The Met Office has confirmed that the UK is set to see temperatures plunge by over 20C.

The hottest day of the year so far will be followed by parts of the UK dropping to -2C, the national forecaster said.

Today saw temperatures soar much higher than the national average of 14C, pulling many out of their homes to parks and beaches.

The highest UK temperature of 2024 was 21.8C, recorded in Writtle, Essex, today. Scotland also recorded well above its normal April temperatures of 10C, with Aberdeenshire reaching 16.7C.

But tonight, temperatures could hit -3C in rural parts of Scotland – and further south they will stay in the single figures, the Met Office forecasted.

Meteorologist Ellie Glaisyer said it will be a “chilly start to the day for all on Sunday”, but that it will be dry and there will be “plenty of sunshine in the morning”.

Sunday is expected bring highs of just 15C in the southeast of England and 12C in the North.

Temperatures will continue to drop throughout the week and are not expected to exceed the April average.

Ms Glaisyer said: “Lower pressure sits out towards north of the UK, slowly sinking its way southwards – for the rest of the weekend and into the start of the working week, it will bring with it some colder north-westerly winds.”

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Snow could even fall in the higher parts of the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Monday, which forecasters say “will be showery across the board”.

Hail and thunder may sweep across Wales and northern parts of England too.

Temperatures will only reach around 11-13C in the South that day, and “struggle to reach double figures” in the north, Ms Glaisyer said.

She added: “It’s a bit of a drier start for the weekend for us, but that doesn’t last too long because showers are on their way.”

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