BBC Weather: Europe in ‘midst of cold snap’ says Schafernaker

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BBC Weather’s Tomasz Schafernaker said wintry conditions will remain in east Europe as high pressure builds across central and western Europe. Mr Schafernaker said: “Europe is in the midst of a cold snap at the moment, temperatures across much of the continent will remain below the average for the time of the year.

“On top of that, storm clouds around the Alps and some very unsettled weather drifting in to the Balkans.

“The western parts of Europe, high pressure and more settled conditions.

“High pressure across France and the UK so keeping things settled.

“The forecast shows more wintry weather in places with some snow.

“A little bit warmer in western parts of Europe but its still all below the average for the time of year.

“The temperatures will be slowly creeping up towards the seasonal norm as we get towards the weekend.”

It comes the Met Office said that record low April temperatures had been recorded in some parts of the UK overnight on Sunday and that temperatures would struggle to get into double figures at the start of the week.

Snow fell across the country in parts of Wales and southern England, including Maidenhead and London on Monday morning, though the majority did not settle.

BBC Weather: UK set for ‘chilly’ weekend as wintry showers hit

The deepest snowfall was seen at Lake Vyrnwy in Wales, where 7cm (2.7in) was recorded, while Little Rissington in Gloucestershire, England, recorded 4cm (1.5in).

Areas in all four UK nations saw temperatures drop several degrees below freezing overnight on Sunday.

The coldest UK temperature recorded overnight was at Tulloch Bridge in Scotland, which dropped to minus 9.4C (15F) – the coldest overnight April temperature since 2013, according to the Met Office.

The mercury also dropped to minus 7.7C (18.1F) in Chap, Cumbria, minus 3C (26.6F) in Altnahinch, Northern Ireland, and minus 2.9C (26.8F) in Sennybridge, Wales.

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It comes as beer gardens and outdoor dining areas in England have been allowed to reopen in line with the latest easing of Government lockdown restrictions on April 12.

Non-essential shops, hairdressers, indoor gyms, swimming pools, nail salons and zoos in England will also be opening for the first time this year.

Hundreds of people dressed in hats and winter coats queued outside the world’s biggest Primark store in Birmingham, which reopened its doors at approximately 6.30am.

Customers at the Royal Victoria Pavilion in Kent – believed to be the biggest pub in the UK – cheered as the first chilly pints were served.

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