A freezing blast from the Arctic today will bring icy gusts, blizzards and temperatures plunging to -5C (23F), forecasters said.
It comes as Met Office figures reveal this spring is likely to be the coldest for 30 years.
The period from March to mid-May show average temperatures have not risen above 6.1C making it the 6th coldest on record.
Forecaster Sarah Holland said: “This year’s particularly cold spring was heavily influenced by an exceptionally cold March which had a mean temperature 3.3 °C below the long-term average. April and May (so far) have been less cold, but have also registered slightly below average mean temperatures.
“The colder than average conditions have been caused by frequent east and northerly winds which have brought cold air to the UK from polar and northern European regions.”
Although the North is in for the worst weather over the next few days, the entire country faces up to a week of grey skies, rain and chilly winds.It spells misery to thousands hoping to get put and about at the weekend with heavy showers forecast for most places.
Forecasters warned there is no significant change on the way as Britain shivers into the beginning of summer.
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SNOW returned to the Lake District overnight.
This picture of the Nethermost Pike, Helvellyn was taken by mountaineer Alan Hinkes from Patterdale this morning.
But it may be good news as Matt Taylor of the Met Office optimistically tweeted: "Snow was widely reported on 2nd June 1975. Summer that followed was the 7th driest/4th sunniest/9th warmest on record in the UK."
The Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year and the official beginning of Summer is just around the corner, although it seems the weather is yet to realise.
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