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Sheffield Bank Holiday weather: Forecasters predict arctic cold snow next week UK News

The UK could face temperatures as low as -5C in the first week of May, forecasters claimed in several national headlines today (April 28).

It comes as a ‘1,000 mile wide cold front’ is expected to settle over the country and last through the May bank holiday weekend, unlike the sunny weather seen at Easter.

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Experts say the UK will be hit by a 1,000-mile-wide Arctic cold front in the first week of May – but not all forecasters agree.

This could bring temperatures of -5°C in the North as well as snow caused by “winter showers”.

However, not all experts agree.

Despite national media reports, neither the BBC, the Met Office nor the Accuweather service are showing temperatures below 6C for the next two weeks.

In a statement by multiple titles, former BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond said: “Mercury will go in the opposite direction, trending lower until the end of April. Fresh waves of arctic air mean a good chance, even in southern Britain, of temperatures falling near or below freezing.

“One or two winter showers are not excluded later in the week, most likely on the heights of the North.

By contrast, an unnamed Met Office source said: “I have to say that this piece doesn’t really accurately reflect the uncertainties in the Met Office’s current long-term outlook, and I don’t think it’s fair at that. stage to compare May historically, as much remains to be determined in the coming weeks.

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This notice was published: 2022-04-28 10:01:44

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