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UK to be bitten by freeze after Storm Mathis as maps turn icy blue

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UK weather: Further wet conditions forecast by Met Office

The UK could be set for a freezing start to April in a matter of hours following the destructive force of Storm Mathis, with the latest weather maps turning icy blue. Storm Mathis barrelled across the Atlantic yesterday and smashed into the South West in England last night, drenching several areas of the country with torrential rain and blasting them with gales of up to 70mph. The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for rain affecting the South West, running until 6pm, forecasting downpours of up to 25mm and the possibility of flooding.

A weather warning for wind also ran from 9pm on Thursday until midday today, with gales of up to 70mph battering Britain.

But one leading UK weather forecaster said cold weather could make a brief unwelcome return to the UK, meaning April will start “disappointingly chilly”.

The latest UK weather maps from WXCHARTS begin to turn icy blue on Saturday afternoon, before being totally engulfed by the colour linked to freezing weather by the early hours of Sunday.

This remains in place until later in the evening, before warmer air begins to sweep in across the UK heading into the first full week in April.

The weather maps also show temperatures could plunge to around freezing in parts of northern England on Sunday morning and may spread to southern England and Wales first thing on Monday.

Brian Gaze from The Weather Outlook told “As we head into the weekend, showers become more scattered as the low pressure moves away into the continent.

“However, colder air from the northeast will be feeding in, so April will start disappointingly chilly, particularly in the north and east of Britain.”

Netweather Senior Forecaster Jo Farrow said cooler winds will blow into the coast of the north east in the UK, while also alluding to the “ongoing strong westerly flow through the English Channel”.

She added that the “trailing frontal band” of heavy rain will linger heading into Saturday, but that a “cooler northerly flow will take hold”.

Ms Farrow said in her latest weather forecast: “As the centre of maturing Mathis moves across to East Anglia this afternoon, there will be cooler north-easterly winds coming onto the coast of NE Britain and the ongoing strong westerly flow through the English Channel.

“This will be southwesterly this morning and be felt more as it reaches Hampshire, Sussex and Kent before veering to a westerly later. The strongest winds will fade from the eastern Channel during Friday night.

“The rain warning continues through Friday, easing this evening. It covers Cornwall, Devon and north Somerset but Cornwall will see the rain edging away eastwards this afternoon and brighten up.

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She continued: “The trailing occluded front will bring rain to Southern Ireland and SW England but then edge into Northern Ireland, still over Devon and SW Wales.

“Heavy showers continue for England, especially late afternoon for SE Britain. The trailing frontal band lingers into Saturday but a cooler northerly flow will take hold.”

Met Office Meteorologist Alex Deakin said in his latest weather forecast: “It will be turning a little calmer through this weekend, drier and also a little bit cooler.

“We start the weekend with low pressure nearby, bringing some wet and windy conditions during Friday. That begins to scoot away but leaves a trailing weather front that will provide some damp weather on Saturday.

“Meanwhile, as that low pressure clears away, an easterly breeze picks up, meaning quite a lot of low cloud on those North Sea coasts, which will provide some rain and drizzle too.

“For much of this week, temperatures have been in the teens, so it will turn cooler, and it will feel quite a bit colder on some of those North Sea coasts with the breeze off the sea.

“Generally, things will get colder over the course of the weekend.”

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