ANOTHER bitter cold front mimicking the Beast From The East will hit Britain this weekend — sending temperatures plummeting to as low as -3C just a fortnight before Easter.
A mid-week washout with heavy downpours totalling up to 50mm will give way to sub-zero conditions on Saturday as the cold moves in from Siberia and Scandinavia.
Hopes of the arrival of spring — with temperatures reaching up to 14C this week — will be dashed at the weekend as the mercury is set to “drop significantly”, forecasters warned.
It comes just weeks after Britain ground to a halt under intense blizzards from The Beast and Storm Emma.
Martin Bowles, a Met Office meteorologist, told The Sun: “Today there is rain across many parts of England, Wales, the south east and the Midlands.
“This will clear tomorrow and much of the country will enjoy clear, mostly dry weather with mild temperatures”.
But the spell of good weather will break on Wednesday as heavy rain sweeps in from the west.
Low pressure will move in and sit over Wales and the south west of England as up to 5cm of rain is dumped on the region.
This persistent rainfall will creep eastward into Thursday — and temperatures will hold up at around 12C.
But as the weekend approaches thermometers will be turned on their heads as a deep chill begins to set.
Mr Bowles continued: “From Friday into the weekend you can expect it to become much colder.
“High pressure will sit over Scandanvia, bringing in cold air from Poland and Germany in the East.
“Temperatures will drop significantly by the weekend, with minimums of -3C and highs of 4C to 5C.”
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But thankfully the extreme snowfall witnessed last month is not expected to be repeated, with Mr Bowles adding: “It will most likely be a dry cold spell but this has the potential for frost in the mornings.”
Forecasters at The Weather Outlook said: “An increasing number of computer model runs show a very cold pool of Siberian air pushing westwards and reaching the UK.
“If that happens temperatures would not be as low as in late February but widespread nighttime frosts and snow would be possible.”
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