Snow, hail and thunder to strike tonight as Brits get ready for freezing -6C May Bank Holiday

SNOW, hail and thunder are set to strike tonight as Brits gear up for a freezing -6C May Bank Holiday.

The temperature turnaround comes just a fortnight after the UK basked in record highs this Easter, with hot sunshine streaming across the country.

High pressure to the west and low pressure to the east will bring a cold, northerly wind to the UK tomorrow – in stark contrast to last year’s early May bank hol, when the mercury hit a roasting 28.7C in West London.

Temperatures plunged today, with the mercury hovering at around 4C across most of Scotland and 7C in York and Peterborough.

Met Office weather forecasters warned a band of cloud and showery rain over a central swathe of the UK will edge slowly south.

There will be further showers overnight, especially along North Sea coasts.

“Some frost will form in sheltered, inland spots,” a Met Office forecaster warned.

The coldest early May Bank Holiday temperature recorded since the holiday began in 1978 is -5.9C on May 7, 2012, at Kinbrace, Sutherland, Scotland, Met Office records show.

Met Office weather forecaster Mark Wilson said: “Cold air of Arctic and polar origin will arrive from Friday and through the Bank Holiday weekend.

“Forecasts can change. If high pressure had been over Scandinavia, we’d have had a southerly flow – but high pressure being to the west of the UK means a northerly flow, as winds blow clockwise around high pressure.

“Snow and sleet could be seen on Friday and Saturday on the highest ground of the Peak District, Pennines and Scotland, with a small chance on the Chilterns.

“Widespread frost could be seen with -5C possible on Friday night and Saturday night in the North, with a low chance of -6C, with Sunday night a bit less cold with frost in places.

“Highs will be 11-12C in Scotland, but Sunday and Monday will be dry and sunny spells and will feel pleasant enough in the sunshine out of the breeze.”

But it’s not all doom and gloom this bank holiday as many parts of the UK are expected to see fine and dry weather for most of the Bank Holiday weekend.

BBC weather host Carol Kirkwood said we should expect thundery showers in the lead up to the weekend, but we won’t all be hit by rain.

She said of tomorrow’s forecast: “Many of us starting off on a dry note, some sunshine around, we have got some showers currently and we will see other showers develop through the course of the day.”