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An outbreak of Arctic air set to bring unseasonal chill across the UK

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A blast of Arctic air is expected to cause an outbreak of icy weather across the UK throughout this week.  Most areas will experience temperatures about 4°C (39.2 °F) lower than average for this time of the year. The cold will be locally accompanied by heavy showers, overnight frost, and gale-force winds.

Maximum expected temperatures will measure around 7 °C (44.6 °F) in most areas of the country despite the end of April and approaching May. The south of the UK could experience a few degrees more.

Pressure forecast chart issued for: April 26, 2016, at 12:00 UTC. Image credit: Met Office

Pressure forecast chart issued for: April 28, 2016, at 00:00 UTC. Image credit: Met Office

Intense winds, originating in the Arctic will be responsible for the chill. Exposed areas of Scotland and northeastern part of England will see winds reaching gale force. Most of the country can expect frequent shower although Scotland and portions of northern England could even experience snow, according to Met Office forecast.

"It's going to be cold this week, particularly at the start of the week. Winds are coming from the north. They originated in the Arctic, and that's why it is colder than we normally expect it to be at this time of year. In the South it will be a mixture of sunshine and showers, but further north these showers will turn increasingly wintry – that's a mixture of rain, some sleet, and some snow," said Emma Boorman, Met Office forecaster.

Featured image: Pressure forecast chart issued for: April 28, 2016, at 00:00 UTC. Image credit: Met Office

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