Weather forecast UK today – Snow melts away as balmy 12C temperatures return with pubs and shops set to reopen

THE mercury will hit 12C TODAY as the signs of the April cold snap melt away as British the springtime begins to warm up.

After one of the hottest March days on record, Brits were hit by a bitterly cold Easter weekend thanks to a -8C Arctic blast descending on the country.

England saw its coldest day in eight years on Wednesday, with the temperature hitting a freezing -7.5C in Benson, South Oxfordshire.

But Brits will see the spring in their step return as most of the UK is predicted to see the return of double digit temperatures by this afternoon.

The Met Office tweeted: “The #4cast is looking less cold on Thursday with temperatures reaching double figures for many.

“It will however be rather cloudy with some #rain mainly across northern and western areas.”

That’s great news for Brits planning to descend on pub beer gardens from Monday when the latest round of lockdown easing comes into force.

Follow all the latest news and updates in our live weather blog below…

  • FORECAST FOR TONIGHT AND TOMORROW

    TONIGHT:

    A few late bright spells are possible however it will be a mostly overcast evening with rain across Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England.

    Rain will track southwards overnight to reach parts of the Midlands by dawn and will clear from the north to reveal clear spells and wintry showers

    Tomorrow:

    A band of cloud across Wales and southern and central England will spread southwards during the day bringing spots of light rain and drizzle.

    A drier and brighter day further north as most areas will be dry with lengthy spells of sunshine however there will be a few showers, these wintry in nature

  • ENGLAND RECORDED LOWEST APRIL TEMPERATURE SINCE 2013 – AS MERCURY PLUNGED TO -7.5C

    England saw its coldest day in eight years on Wednesday, with the temperature hitting a freezing -7.5C in Benson, South Oxfordshire.

    The Met Office tweeted: “Wednesday was another cold day.

    -“7.5 °C at Benson was England’s lowest April temperature since 2013.”

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    UK weather forecast for Thursday 8 April – Temperatures begin to rise after Spring snowfall
  • US: DEEP SOUTH BRACES FOR TORNADO THREAT AS SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BRING WILD WIND GUSTS AND HUGE HAIL

    vere thunderstorms is expected to pummel the south this week as low and high wind pressures converge and could possibly set off a tornado.

    States in the heart of the sunbelt are bracing for the threat of a tornado as the weather pattern picks up in the region, bringing with it jet-stream disturbances that could lead to a tornado, with severe down pours and flash flooding all but guaranteed.

  • UK TO EXPERIENCE WARMER CONDITIONS TODAY

    Much of the UK woke up to temperatures below freezing yesterday – but there will be a much warmer start today.

    Some parts recorded a biting -7C in the coldest April morning in England since 2013.

    It was also the coldest April morning across all four nations of the UK since 2018.

    Conditions are said to start warming up from now – in time for the second phase of Boris Johnson’s road map put of lockdown on April 12.

  • IN PICTURES: SUNRISE AT SUTTON BINGHAM RESERVOIR, SOMERSET

    Sunrise at Sutton Bingham Reservoir, Somerset this morningCredit: SWNS
  • MET OFFICE: TEMPERATURES TO REACH DOUBLE FIGURES FOR MANY

    Temperatures in some parts of the UK will hit 12C as thge signs of the April cold snap melt away.

    The Met Office tweeted: “The #4cast is looking less cold on Thursday with temperatures reaching double figures for many.

    “It will however be rather cloudy with some #rain mainly across northern and western areas.”

  • WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY ACROSS THE UK

    Cloud and rain will clear southern areas of Friday to leave a mostly dry and bright day with spells of sunshine but there is a chance of a few showers, according to Meteogroup.

    Saturday will be dry with sunny spells for most however there is a threat of wintry showers, the forecaster added.

    Cloud will linger across the south-east bringing rain.

  • EXPERTS PREDICT MERCURY WILL ‘CREEP BACK TO NORMAL’ NEXT WEEK

    Temperatures could “creep back to normal” next week in time for the return of pub gardens, according to the Met Office.

    A Met Office spokesperson told the Mirror that the cold snap this week could finish in time for Monday – when hospitality venues open outdoors.

    London could see highs of 10C, while Leeds, Newcastle and Bristol could see the mercury hit the same figure.

  • IN PICTURES: DAFFODILS IN BLOOM AT ALNWICK CASTLE, NORTHUMBERLAND

    Visitors to Alnwick Castle this afternoon enjoy a close up view of daffodils in bloom
    Visitors to Alnwick Castle this afternoon enjoy a close up view of daffodils in bloomCredit: NNP
  • MET OFFICE: MILDER BUT CLOUDIER START TO THURSDAY MORNING

    Brits can look forward to milder temperatures tomorrow morning.

    But there will still be some “outbreaks of rain” in the north and west, according to the Met Office.

    The weather agency said: “A milder but cloudier start than of late on Thursday morning, with outbreaks of #rain in the north and west

  • THURSDAY MORNING TO SEE HIGHS OF 8C

    It comes after much of the UK woke up to temperatures below freezing today.

    Some parts recorded a biting -7C in the coldest April morning in England since 2013.

    It was also the coldest April morning across all four nations of the UK since 2018.

    Conditions are said to start warming up from now – in time for the phase of Boris Johnson’s road map put of lockdown on April 12.

  • TEMPERATURES TO START WARMING UP TOMORROW MORNING

    England experienced its coldest April morning in eight years today, with temperatures in somce places plummeting to -7C.

    But there’s some good news – Thursdaqy morning will see conditions gradually warming up as “milder air moves in from the west”, according to the Met Office.

    The weather agency tweeted: “It was a very #cold start this morning, with the UK having it’s coldest April night since 2018 and for #England since 2013.

    “Thursday morning however will feel very different for most of us, as some slightly milder air moves in from the west.”

  • SALVAGE OF DUTCH SHIP ADRIFT OFF NORWAY POSTPONED

    Bad weather conditions have postponed efforts to salvage a Dutch cargo ship that’s been drifting off the coast of Norway for two days after its crew was evacuated, Norwegian maritime officials today.

    Norwegian and Dutch salvage experts are now expected to try again Thursday.

    Life and health are always the first priority during an incident like this, and it must be safe to carry out the rescue, said Hans Petter Mortensholm, emergency director at the Norwegian Coastal Administration.

    Dutch cargo ship Eemslift Hendrika lists as its crew is evacuated in stormy weather off the coast of Norway
    Dutch cargo ship Eemslift Hendrika lists as its crew is evacuated in stormy weather off the coast of NorwayCredit: Reuters
  • WATCH: MET OFFICE 10 DAY WEATHER FORECAST WITH AIDAN MCGIVERN

  • THURSDAY MORNING TO SEE HIGHS OF 8C

    It comes after much of the UK woke up to temperatures below freezing today.

    Some parts recorded a biting -7C in the coldest April morning in England since 2013.

    It was also the coldest April morning across all four nations of the UK since 2018.

    Conditions are said to start warming up from now – in time for the phase of Boris Johnson’s road map put of lockdown on April 12.

  • IN PICTURES: ROUGH SEAS NEAR WHITLEY BAY, TYNE & WEAR

    Rough seas looking towards St Mary's Lighthouse in Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear
    Rough seas looking towards St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay, Tyne and WearCredit: PA
  • WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY ACROSS THE UK

    Cloud and rain will clear southern areas of Friday to leave a mostly dry and bright day with spells of sunshine but there is a chance of a few showers, according to Meteogroup.

    Saturday will be dry with sunny spells for most however there is a threat of wintry showers, the forecaster added.

    Cloud will linger across the south-east bringing rain.

  • EXPERTS PREDICT MERCURY WILL ‘CREEP BACK TO NORMAL’ NEXT WEEK

    Temperatures could “creep back to normal” next week in time for the return of pub gardens, according to the Met Office.

    A Met Office spokesperson told the Mirror that the cold snap this week could finish in time for Monday – when hospitality venues open outdoors.

    London could see highs of 10C, while Leeds, Newcastle and Bristol could see the mercury hit the same figure.

  • WATCH: MOMENT DOG GRABS JOURNALIST’S MICROPHONE DURING TV WEATHER REPORT AND RUNS OFF

    Moment dog grabs journalist’s microphone during TV weather report and runs off
  • THURSDAY MORNING TO SEE HIGHS OF 8C

    It comes after much of the UK woke up to temperatures below freezing today.

    Some parts recorded a biting -7C in the coldest April morning in England since 2013.

    It was also the coldest April morning across all four nations of the UK since 2018.

    Conditions are said to start warming up from now – in time for the phase of Boris Johnson’s road map put of lockdown on April 12.

  • TEMPERATURES WILL WARM UP ON TOMORROW MORNING AFTER THE COLDEST APRIL START SINCE 2013

    England experienced its coldest April morning in eight years today, with temperatures in somce places plummeting to -7C.

    But there’s some good news – Thursdaqy morning will see conditions gradually warming up as “milder air moves in from the west”, according to the Met Office.

    The weather agency tweeted: “It was a very #cold start this morning, with the UK having it’s coldest April night since 2018 and for #England since 2013.

    “Thursday morning however will feel very different for most of us, as some slightly milder air moves in from the west.”

  • …AND TEMPERATURES WILL BE SLIGHTLY ABOVE AVERAGE

    The Met Office spokesperson added: “The West and North West have the greatest chance of seeing any spells of more prolonged rain and stronger winds.

    “Temperatures likely still below average at first, slowly recovering back to closer to average.”

  • ‘MIXED WEATHER’ NEXT WEEK AS PUB GARDENS SET TO REOPEN

    The country is set for “mixed weather” conditions next week as pubs finally reopen outdoors.

    A Met Office spokesperson told The i: “Changeable conditions are expected for most areas early in this period.

    “There will be a mixture of sunny spells and showers for most parts of the country.”

  • IN PICTURES: COLD AND FROSTY MORNING IN THE NEW FOREST, HAMPSHIRE

    Ponies grazing on a cold and frosty morning near Lyndhurst in the New Forest, Hampshire
    Ponies grazing on a cold and frosty morning near Lyndhurst in the New Forest, HampshireCredit: Alamy