The UK is set for a ‘major’ Arctic blast – on its way over from Iceland – meaning wintry showers, frost and even SNOW are on the way. From early next week, the dry spring we’ve enjoyed will disappear, leaving icy gales to see us into the May Day bank holiday.

Temperatures could plummet next week, with daytimes struggling to get into double figures. During the night, some areas of the UK may experience extreme cold, with thermometers dropping to -6C – colder than Iceland.

The Met Office’s Alex Deakin says: “The cold air is coming down from the Arctic [early next week], across Iceland. Fast forward to Tuesday [April 25], and that colder air has pushed right across the UK. There is a suggestion of some more wintry weather with snow on the hill, could return for a time next week.”