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UK weather forecast – Britain faces a ‘polar plunge’ of -8C today as a freezing blast brings the April cold snap

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

The Met Office estimated up to 2 inches of snow would fall overnight as temperatures plummeted across the country.

Peterborough was covered in snow on Thursday morning

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Peterborough was covered in snow on Thursday morningCredit: Terry Harris
Locals and their dog were at the Valley Gardens this morning to enjoy the countryside in Harrogate

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Locals and their dog were at the Valley Gardens this morning to enjoy the countryside in HarrogateCredit: Alamy
After the hot weather of last week, even more snow fell today

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After the hot weather of last week, even more snow fell todayCredit: Alamy

The white stuff could even cause rush-hour traffic chaos on roads and rails.

Met Office forecaster Sarah Kent said: “Snow will fall over a fairly wide area, mainly along the east coast, including Northumberland, the North York Moors and the Pennines.

“Another band of snow will hit Kent and Essex and temperatures will be low enough to settle down.”

She added: “It’s not uncommon to see snow around Easter time.

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“But it’s more of a shock to the system because of the unusually high 20C temperatures we enjoyed around 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 COMES”

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

In more exposed coastal areas it feels more like freezing due to the wind chill factor.

But by Monday the snow will give way to milder conditions – and the arrival of April showers.

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

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An extremely cold Richmond Park this morning after a bitterly cold eveningPhoto Credit: Rick Findler/Story Picture Agency
The snow covered village of Hutton Le Hole in Yorkshire after heavy snowfall this morning

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

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

BBC forecaster DTN MeteoGroup’s Donal Considine said: “The cold air is coming straight from the North Pole so it’s as cold as it gets.

“It will definitely be unusually cold for London, with -2C at Heathrow on Friday morning and Friday evening, with -4C outside 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 much of the UK, with -8C possible in northern Scotland.”

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

The jarring fall saw temperatures drop below freezing first, and thick plumes of the white stuff were spilled across the capital.

A yellow weather An ice warning has been put in place over most of eastern Britain and is expected to last until 10am today.

According to forecasters, “snow and hail showers could lead to areas of ice with possible travel disruptions”.

Met Office forecaster Matthew Box told The Sun Online: “We have a cold air mass coming in from the north across the UK.

“There are showers behind them and they are bringing a mix of sleet and snow mainly to the east of the UK.

“Especially this morning we have temperatures around or below zero in many places.”

Locals out in Valley Gardens this morning to enjoy the snow

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Locals out in Valley Gardens this morning to enjoy the snowCredit: Alamy
Gaby, 4, with the snowman she just built with her mother in Valley Gardens

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Gaby, 4, with the snowman she just built with her mother in Valley GardensCredit: Alamy

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Bobby Allyn

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