Brits enjoy last chance to soak up the sun ahead of -7C snow blast next week

The sunny weather looks to be coming to an abrupt end tonight, with UK temperatures set to plummet as low as -7C.

Arctic winds are expected to replace the glorious weather overnight as sub-zero temperatures forecast across parts of northern England and even as low as -7C in some areas of Scotland.

Southern England should expect to see a nosedive from 17C today to just 2C tomorrow morning.

It will come as a shock to many Brits, who have taken full advantage of the easing of lockdown restrictions last Monday following a week of record high temperatures across the UK.

Millions have been able to meet friends and family outdoors in groups of up to six for the first time this year.

The UK recorded its warmest day in March in 53 years on Tuesday as temperatures rose above 24C.

But the latest weather forecast could put a chilly dampener on future outdoor plans for some once the Easter weekend is over.

Met Office forecaster Sarah Kent said: "We will see this plunge of much colder conditions coming in.

"It's Arctic maritime air, which does mean it's coming from the Arctic.

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"So it's going to be cold for everybody, but also windy too.

"The wind chill is going to be significant."

Snow warnings are in place for northern Scotland, with as much as 15cm falling in higher areas.

The Met Office's yellow warnings are in place from 4pm on Sunday until 10am on Tuesday for Scotland, with winds of up to 70mph forecast.

Coastal areas of eastern England, parts of Wales and Northern Ireland could also see snow showers on Easter Monday.

Southern England can expect to see some sunshine and highs of 7C later in the day, but gusts of up to 30mph will make the temperature "feel like" -1C, Ms Kent said.

Parts of the UK saw the mercury reach nearly 24C (75.2F) on Wednesday, a balmy high unlikely to be repeated on Easter Sunday.

Meteorologist Ms Kent said: "Today is a lovely day for an Easter egg hunt in the back garden, whereas tomorrow if you were doing one you'd probably want to wear three jumpers."

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