A cold and blustery start to the new working week across much of the UK as we draw in increasingly cold air from the west with sunshine and wintry showers the order of the day for many places. It remains chilly over the next few days with widespread night time frosts, but by the end of the week there are signs of high pressure building in from the southwest to bring milder conditions with it.
Back to this morning and Monday will start off bright and breezy in many parts but there are plenty of showers running into northern and western regions, some of these heavy with hail and thunder in places as well as falling as sleet and snow quite widely. Towards southern and eastern districts there are more in the way of drier spells around to start with but we are expecting the showers to become somewhat more widespread today, the showers falling as a mixture of rain, hail, sleet and snow, but no significant accumulations are expected for most with the March sunshine soon melting any deposits after the showers. Not everywhere will see the showers though, and southern and south-eastern England may well escape with a largely dry day with some good sunny spells. Top temperatures will range from between 2°C and 5°C in the north and 5°C to 8°C in the south, feeling colder in the gusty winds and in the showers.
It will be a cold night for many areas as clearing skies will allow temperatures to fall away with some frost and icy patches forming. However showers of rain, hail, sleet and snow will continue to affect many northern and western regions whilst a small system may bring a more persistent area of rain and snow across southern counties of England and Wales - we will have more updates on this on our Facebook and Twitter pages today. Looking ahead to tomorrow and once again sunny spells and blustery wintry showers will be the order of the day for many, the showers always heaviest and most frequent towards the north and west of the country.