Hail and snow set to fall in Yorkshire as cold weather snap hits UK

Temperatures are set to drop below freezing in Yorkshire over the coming days as a cold snap hits the UK.

The Met Office has warned of hail and snow starting from Easter Monday

In weather which has been described by the Met Office as 'unusually cold' for April, temperatures will drop to as low as -2 in the coming days, with highs of around seven degrees next week.

It should get a little warmer today (Apr 3) after a chilly start and tomorrow will see highs of 14 degrees - but then the cold weather will set in with lows of -2.

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For the start of next week, the Met Office has warned of "strong northerly winds bringing frequent showers of hail and snow, especially exposed windward coasts and hills" in North Yorkshire.

Deputy chief meteorologist at the Met Office, Mark Sidaway, said: “After a settled, warm spell with plenty of sunshine particularly across England and Wales our weather will take a notable change in direction later in the weekend.

"Very cold Arctic air will move in from the north west through Sunday, bringing snow showers and freezing overnight temperatures. The snow showers will predominantly affect the north and west of the UK. The south and east will likely remain drier but still cold with a lower chance of wintry showers.”

This will also bring issues to the green-fingered amongst us, as well as farmers working in Yorkshire's rural areas.Phil Stocker, chief executive of the National Sheep Association, said: “Sheep and livestock farmers, especially in the UK’s uplands, are acutely aware of the potential for a spring cold snap which can bring devastation and soul-destroying losses during lambing time.

"The sector has endured several cold weather events during recent springs and these have wrought considerable hardship to both stock and hill farmers. However, being aware of the approaching change in weather type will allow farmers to buffer the impacts by taking action to avoid the worst losses.”