Will it snow in Leeds this Easter? Why a heatwave this week could give way to snow at Easter
Today Leeds welcomes a mini-heatwave, but could there be a chance we see a white Easter?
Forecasts claim the current slice of sunny weather could take a rather dramatic turn for the worst over Easter weekend.
Temperatures in Leeds are set to reach highs of 20 degrees early this week, but some reports claim this won't last and forecast snow showers around Easter weekend.
In other parts of Britain, temperatures are set to soar as high as 23 degrees this week. This mini-heatwave has coincided with the next stage of lifting Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, which marks the first time in months friends and family will be able to sit in their gardens together.
The Met Office forecast for Leeds shows a sunny and partly cloudy outlook for the next few days, turning colder as we near Easter Sunday. Sunday's forecast expects lows of 1 degrees.
Chief Meteorologist Steve Ramsdale, said: “The UK will see a few days of notably warm weather to end March, with a maximum of 24°C on Wednesday in the south and east of England. There will also be plenty of sunshine across England and Wales however parts of Scotland will see some persistent rain over the next couple of days.
“Conditions will start to change through the day on Thursday as cooler air moves in from the north east, highs will fall to the mid-teens before falling further by Friday, especially along the east coast. With pressure building from the north however, conditions are expected to remain dry for the majority.
"Through Sunday an even colder pool of air will start to push in across the UK from the north west, bringing a notable change to temperatures compared to the start of the week. This also brings a move towards more unsettled conditions with stronger winds and the chance of some wintry showers.”
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A fine and dry day on Tuesday, with light winds and long periods of uninterrupted sushine. Feeling warm in the afternoon. Remaining dry and largely clear in the evening. Maximum temperature 21 °C.
Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:
Wednesday dry, largely sunny and warm. Cloudy with a little rain later. Chilly start on Thursday, then dry with variable cloud. Dry but cloudy after a frosty start on Friday.
Widely fine conditions are expected across the British Isles on Saturday with plenty of dry weather and sunny spells for most.
Temperatures will be around or a little below average for the early part of April, with some chilly nights. It will then likely turn colder and more unsettled for northern regions by the start of the following week.
All areas of the UK are likely to see spells of rain at first and accompanying stronger winds, wintry showers are then expected to follow - these heaviest in Scotland and northern England. Following this cold and unsettled spell, conditions are likely to become more settled with temperatures starting to return back to average towards the end of this period.
Reports from The Weather Channel claim we could be seeing rain and snow showers over bank holiday weekend in Leeds as the high temperatures plummet.
AccuWeather have forecast a similar outlook for the area, and warn we could be met with a morning snow shower on bank holiday Monday with more later in the week.