Punters place bets on a white Easter and coldest-ever April as British Summer Time gets underway with snow and rain on way

Punters place bets on a white Easter and coldest-ever April as British Summer Time gets underway with snow and rain on way

  • On Sunday, areas of the country from Surrey to Scotland saw snow flurries as British Summer Time started
  • Bookies say they have seen a flurry of bets on a white Easter, odds have been slashed on snow falling in April
  • Monday will be chilly, the chill eases on Wednesday but returns on Friday with snow forecast for the weekend

Spring may have briefly sprung but the UK is stepping back into winter as we move towards the weekend with temperatures falling into single digits.

On Sunday, Surrey and Scotland saw snow flurries as British Summer Time started and temperatures fell as much as -8C as a 1,000 mile-wide mini ‘Beast from the East’ hit the UK.

An inch of snow settled in parts of northern England and Scotland yesterday with the Met Office warning of more to come at the start of April. Temperatures on Monday will be in single digits with a low of 6C.

Bookmakers say they have seen a flurry of bets on a white Easter between Good Friday on April 10 and Easter Monday on April 13, with odds slashed on snow falling next month.

Meanwhile Bookmaker Coral said it is taking bets on where it will snow this week, making Scotland the even money favourite, ahead of Newcastle at 3-1, and Manchester 10-1, while London is much bigger at 20-1.

Coral make it 10-1 that Britain endures the coldest April on record, while it’s 8-1 that it is the hottest.

Waves break against the pier at Tynemouth, on the North East coast on Monday

 

Waves break against the pier at Tynemouth, on the North East coast on Monday

The UK's three day forecast, feeling chilly on Monday. The chill eases on Wednesday but returns on Friday for the weekend

 

The UK’s three day forecast, feeling chilly on Monday. The chill eases on Wednesday but returns on Friday for the weekend

‘Taking bets on snow in April is a rarity but with residents in Cumbria and Northumberland experiencing snow already, punters are betting on the wintry conditions spreading to other parts of the country before the week is out,’ said Coral’s Nicola McGeady.

Snow is unlikely today, but Monday started off chilly with a fair amount of cloud for most areas. The cloud will also thick enough for some showers, mainly over northern Scotland and eastern, southern and central England. Breezy and feeling chilly throughout the day.

A Met Office spokesperson said March’s record for high pressure was beaten yesterday morning, reaching 1051.2mb, and that wave of high pressure will bring with it more settled conditions for most parts of the country.

A cyclist makes his way through a cold and frosty Richmond Park on Monday morning. A mini 'Beast from the East' is set to bring temperatures plummeting across the UK this week

 

A cyclist makes his way through a cold and frosty Richmond Park on Monday morning. A mini ‘Beast from the East’ is set to bring temperatures plummeting across the UK this week

Sunday saw flurries in both the north and the south

 

Monday is set to be another chilly day with temperatures as low as 6C

 

Sunday saw flurries in both the north and the south.  Monday is set to be another chilly day with temperatures as low as 6C

A 1,000 mile-wide plume of cold easterly air from northern Europe is blowing across the North Sea to Britain. The chill eases on Wednesday but returns on Friday for the weekend, with ‘disruptive’ snow threatening the North.

The Met Office has also warned of more snow in early April, even in the South.

Rain affecting Scotland on Wednesday and Thursday whilst also turning windy. Often cloudy and rather cold elsewhere. Sunshine and blustery, wintry showers following across the far north.

The unwelcome weather, which follows a week of glorious sunshine across the country, is sure to dampen moods as scores of Britons stay confined to their homes during the coronavirus lockdown.

On Saturday people were spotted walking, running, and cycling in Britain’s parks and on the country’s beaches, from London – the engine of the UK’s pandemic – to Brighton, Dorset, and Bournemouth.

Just last week a temperature of 19.4C (66.9F) was recorded at the seaside resort of Rhyl, North Wales, making it the warmest day since October. Forecasters said the weather would become warmer, yet cloudier over the coming week.

But Luke Miall of the Meteorological Office warned: ‘We are keeping with the cold theme to the weather over the beginning of the week.’

He said more showers are expected in the east of the UK on Monday which could spread to the Midlands, adding: ‘Into Tuesday we will see showers although these will be further north towards Scotland, with patchy frost.’

These showers could continue into mid-week but most areas will be dry and sunny.

Snow on the ground in Upper Teesdale, Co Durham as Britain woke to chilly conditions on the first day of British Summer Time

 

Snow on the ground in Upper Teesdale, Co Durham as Britain woke to chilly conditions on the first day of British Summer Time

Snow on the ground in Upper Teesdale, Co Durham as Britain woke to chilly conditions on the first day of British Summer Time

 

Snow on the ground in Upper Teesdale, Co Durham as Britain woke to chilly conditions on the first day of British Summer Time

Parts of Maidstone in Kent experienced a massive soft hailstorm after a week of sunshins as British Summer Time begins

 

Parts of Maidstone in Kent experienced a massive soft hailstorm after a week of sunshins as British Summer Time begins

Although it is too early to predict the weather for Easter, some punters are placing bets for snow. Bookmakers Coral said it is also taking wagers on next month being the coldest-ever April.

Spokesman John Hill said: ‘Temperatures have taken a big drop over the last couple of days and punters have been rushing in to back snow to fall in April.

‘We have also seen a strong surge of bets on snow falling during the Easter weekend and for next month to be the coldest April on record in the UK.’

Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: ‘British Summer Time feels like winter again. The clocks are going forwards but the cold is coming back.

‘Lighter evenings are a sign summer’s on the way – but there will be a wintry chill and widespread frost.

‘And another shot of chilly northerly air will follow.’

A walker makes her way through a cold and frosty Richmond Park on Monday morning. A mini 'Beast from the East' is set to bring temperatures plummeting across the UK this week. Rick Findler / Story Picture Agency

 

A walker makes her way through a cold and frosty Richmond Park on Monday morning. A mini ‘Beast from the East’ is set to bring temperatures plummeting across the UK this week. Rick Findler / Story Picture Agency

A weather map shows the 1,000 mile-wide mini 'Beast from the East' plume of cold easterly air from Europe blowing to Britain

 

A weather map shows the 1,000 mile-wide mini ‘Beast from the East’ plume of cold easterly air from Europe blowing to Britain

A 1,000 mile-wide plume of cold easterly air from northern Europe is blowing across the North Sea to Britain. The chill eases on Wednesday but returns on Friday for the weekend, with 'disruptive' snow threatening the North

 

A 1,000 mile-wide plume of cold easterly air from northern Europe is blowing across the North Sea to Britain. The chill eases on Wednesday but returns on Friday for the weekend, with ‘disruptive’ snow threatening the North

The unwelcome weather, which follows a week of glorious sunshine across the country, is sure to put a dampener on moods as scores of Britons stay confined to their homes during the coronavirus lockdown

 

The unwelcome weather, which follows a week of glorious sunshine across the country, is sure to put a dampener on moods as scores of Britons stay confined to their homes during the coronavirus lockdown

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