Arctic blast to continue as Brits face coldest start to April in 8 years

The cold spell could last for almost two more weeks, as the Met Office predict the icy weather Brits are feeling is set to stay until the middle of April.

It's also the coldest start to April, with St James's Park seeing between April 1 and April 6 being the coldest on average over those six days since 2013.

The cold and wintry conditions will affect northern areas until at least April 19, the Met Office said.

A flood warning was also issued by the agency for the North Sea at Sandsend, as strong winds batter the Yorkshire coast.

Temperatures for the first week of April show an average high of 10C and an average low of 2C at southern weather stations, writes The Telegraph.

Mercury readings in Birmingham, Newcastle and Cardiff have been lower than previously recorded years.

The cold front is a stark contrast to the average 16C recorded in the first week of the month – where Brits flocked to parks and coastlines to enjoy a mini-heatwave.

Highs of 24C were enjoyed as people enjoyed the warm weather as lockdown rules began to ease across England.

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Wednesday and Sunday this week are predicted to be much colder across England, than on the same day in any year since 2010.

The Arctic blast, which has seen heavy snowfall in Scotland and northern parts of England, could also sweep to other parts of the country.

Forecasters said that no area was 'immune' to the snowfall and wintry showers.

“On Monday the lowest temperature recorded was -4.2C at Eskdalemuir, and on April 4 at Benson -5.2C was recorded,” said Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon.

“It isn't unusual to get low temperatures at this time of year, and the mild conditions are more notable. Where we are currently is that we’re a bit below average in terms of mean temperatures, and it’s also been drier than usual.

“So far this month London has had its coldest start to April since 2013, temperatures are likely to start slowly recovering closer to normal through next week.

“At times it will be quite pleasant, especially in the central parts of the UK, but the cold spell is looking to stay around this week and into next week.”

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