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UK weekend weather: London could have its coldest night in April for 70 years

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Londoners face one of the coldest April nights on record tonight as temperatures fall to -3C (27F) ahead of a chilly weekend – with the Arctic blast in Britain showing no signs of ending after further snow fell today.

The lowest ever temperature for Heathrow Airport, which is one of the capital’s main weather stations, in April is -3.1C (26.4F) in records going back 73 years to 1949. The all-time low was -12.8C (9F) set in January 1962.

And the mercury is expected to fall to around -3C (27F) at Heathrow tonight with a similar low also expected tomorrow night. Daytime temperatures are only expected to get to 9C (48F) tomorrow and 11C (52F) on Sunday.

It comes after temperatures last night fell to -8C (17.6F) at Tulloch Bridge in the Scottish Highlands; while Sennybridge in Powys, Wales, fell to -6.7C (19.9F); and England’s low was -4.8C (23.4F) at Bridgefoot in Cumbria.

The Met Office has also imposed a weather warning for ice covering much of the east coast of England from midnight tonight until 10am tomorrow, running from the Scottish border down to the bottom of Lincolnshire. 

Londoners face one of the coldest April nights on record tonight as temperatures fall to -3C (27F) ahead of a chilly weekend – with the Arctic blast in Britain showing no signs of ending after further snow fell today. Above, dog walkers are caught in a sudden snow shower in Bushy Park, south-west London, today

A dusting of snow across Rothwell in Northamptonshire this morning as wintry weather continues to affect Britain

A dusting of snow across Rothwell in Northamptonshire this morning as wintry weather continues to affect Britain

Alison Baldwin tweeted this photo of snow in East Kent this morning, saying: 'Surprise spring snow and not a joke'

Alison Baldwin tweeted this photo of snow in East Kent this morning, saying: ‘Surprise spring snow and not a joke’

The Met Office has also imposed a weather warning for ice covering much of the east coast of England from midnight tonight until 10am tomorrow, running from the Scottish border down to the bottom of Lincolnshire. (Pictured, Bushy Park in south-west London today)

The Met Office has also imposed a weather warning for ice covering much of the east coast of England from midnight tonight until 10am tomorrow, running from the Scottish border down to the bottom of Lincolnshire. (Pictured, Bushy Park in south-west London today)

Snow on rooftoops across Rothwell in Northamptonshire this morning as temperatures plunge below zero in many places

Snow on rooftoops across Rothwell in Northamptonshire this morning as temperatures plunge below zero in many places

A dusting of snow across Rothwell in Northamptonshire this morning as wintry weather impacts much of the UK today

A dusting of snow across Rothwell in Northamptonshire this morning as wintry weather impacts much of the UK today

Snow falls on the Kent Downs near the village of Brabourne as showers hit parts of the South for the second day in a row

Snow falls on the Kent Downs near the village of Brabourne as showers hit parts of the South for the second day in a row

Snow is seen coverings the hills on the Kent Downs near the village of Brabourne as temperatures plummet this afternoon

Snow is seen coverings the hills on the Kent Downs near the village of Brabourne as temperatures plummet this afternoon

Forecasters said snow and hail showers could lead to icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths tomorrow morning which might cause injuries from slips and falls in addition to possible travel disruption.

Wintry showers are expected to continue overnight tonight and into the start of the weekend tomorrow, with some accumulations of snow also possible, particularly across hillier areas of North East England.

The Met Office has imposed an ice warning for much of the east coast in England from midnight until 10am tomorrow

The Met Office has imposed an ice warning for much of the east coast in England from midnight until 10am tomorrow

Up to 1.2in (3cm) of snow could fall mainly above 650ft (200m) in parts of Northumberland and the North York Moors. The Met Office said the ‘odd covering is possible to lower levels but this is likely to be short lived’.

Earlier, the Met Office warned drivers to ‘take care’ if travelling across the far South East of England after snow fell in Kent amid expectations for up to 0.8in (2cm) over higher ground along with sleet and rain.

Forecasters said ‘wind-borne snow and sleet’ affected visibility on roads during the morning rush-hour, adding to the difficult driving conditions – and delays were seen on the busy M20 towards Folkestone in Kent.

Strong winds were also causing problems along the east coast of England today, with gusts of 53mph recorded in Kent at Manston, 46mph in Norfolk at Weybourne and 38mph in Lincolnshire at Donna Nook.

Another Met Office weather warning had also been imposed this morning for snow and ice in eastern coastal areas of Suffolk, Essex and Kent amid concerns that frosty surfaces could cause injuries from slips and falls, as well as travel disruption.

There was also a Met Office warning for ice in place for eastern Scotland, North East England and eastern parts of the East Midlands this morning, which came with an alert for up to 2in (5cm) of snow. 

Huge waves engulf Seaburn promenade in South Tyneside during stormy sea conditions today as the weekend approaches

Huge waves engulf Seaburn promenade in South Tyneside during stormy sea conditions today as the weekend approaches

A person is seen standing near huge waves engulfing Seaburn promenade in South Tyneside, Tyne and Wear, on Friday

A person is seen standing near huge waves engulfing Seaburn promenade in South Tyneside, Tyne and Wear, on Friday 

Lorries, cars and vans are driven through wintry conditions on the M20 near Folkestone in Kent this morning

Lorries, cars and vans are driven through wintry conditions on the M20 near Folkestone in Kent this morning

Lorries, cars and vans are driven through wintry conditions on the M20 near Folkestone in Kent this morning

Lorries, cars and vans are driven through wintry conditions on the M20 near Folkestone in Kent this morning

Four walkers are pictured in Highgate, North London, as cold and snowy conditions hit the capital this afternoon

Four walkers are pictured in Highgate, North London, as cold and snowy conditions hit the capital this afternoon

A woman wraps up and holds her hood while walking against the snow in Highgate, North London, this afternoon

A woman wraps up and holds her hood while walking against the snow in Highgate, North London, this afternoon

A man braces himself against the cold conditions in north London this afternoon. Temperatures are forecast to reach highs of only 7C (45F) and 8C (46F) today and tomorrow, increasing to 9C (48F) and 10C (50F) on Sunday

A man braces himself against the cold conditions in north London this afternoon. Temperatures are forecast to reach highs of only 7C (45F) and 8C (46F) today and tomorrow, increasing to 9C (48F) and 10C (50F) on Sunday

The Met Office said accumulations of snow were possible, particularly across eastern Scotland and hillier areas of North East England. Forecasters expect up to 2in (5cm) could fall on high ground in Scotland, Northumberland and the North York Moors above 1,000ft (300m), while up to 1.2in (3cm) could fall on ground above 650ft (200m).

Temperatures last night fell to -8C (17.6F) in the Highlands

Temperatures last night fell to -8C (17.6F) in the Highlands

The mercury dropped below freezing overnight across much of the UK, with temperatures forecast to reach highs of only 7C (45F) and 8C (46F) today and tomorrow, increasing to 9C (48F) and 10C (50F) on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Environment Agency issued a flood warning and two flood alerts for areas along the River Thames.

Flooding is ‘expected’ at Coalhouse Point on the river in Essex, and is ‘possible’ in the areas between Putney Bridge and Teddington Weir in west London. There was a separate alert for Trowlock Island near Teddington. 

A separate Environment Agency flood alert was also imposed along the Essex coast from Clacton to St Peters Flat, including Jaywick, Brightlingsea, Mersea Island, Heybridge, Maldon and the Colne and Blackwater estuaries. 

This said car parks and roads could be flooded – and that Clacton Promenade, Lee-over-Sands and Brightlingsea seafronts may see some wave overtopping. People were warned to ‘take care on coastal roads and footpaths’.

The Environment Agency said flooding is 'possible' in the areas between Putney Bridge and Teddington Weir in West London

The Environment Agency said flooding is ‘possible’ in the areas between Putney Bridge and Teddington Weir in West London

Another Environment Agency flood alert was also imposed today along the Essex coast from Clacton to St Peters Flat, including Jaywick, Brightlingsea, Mersea Island, Heybridge, Maldon and the Colne and Blackwater estuaries

Another Environment Agency flood alert was also imposed today along the Essex coast from Clacton to St Peters Flat, including Jaywick, Brightlingsea, Mersea Island, Heybridge, Maldon and the Colne and Blackwater estuaries

Rain showers broken by intermittent patches of wintry sunshine are forecast for much of the UK today. Sunny spells with cloud are predicted for England, Scotland and Wales tomorrow, then a largely cloudy day on Sunday.

Met Office meteorologist Matty Box said there is a ‘cold air mass’ over the UK, adding: ‘There is an ice warning out at the moment. If there’s any melting and refreezing overnight then there’s an ice risk.’

Discussing today’s weather, he added: ‘It will be concentrated and there will be snow showers. It will be eastern and northern areas of the UK that are more likely to see any showers of rain, sleet or snow.’

He added: ‘Showers will become less frequent, but still with the chance of some wintry showers in the east coast and the North Sea coast in particular through Saturday. There should be a fair amount of sunshine as well.’

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