Brits set for icy -5C plunge as ‘Russian chill’ could see coldest May in 25 years

Temperatures in Britain could become colder than those in Sweden as weather experts suggest the freezing plunge could mean the coldest May start in 25 years

The UK could be colder than Sweden next week if a ‘Russian chill’ weather front moves in

Brits should prepare for a sub-zero shock to the system as the UK is set to be plunged into a -5C “Russian chill”.

The bone-chilling weather front would bring with it icy showers across the north and temperatures colder than Sweden.

If expert predictions on the 1000 mile-wide front are right, it could mean the coldest start to May in 25 years for Brits.

Despite the 23C Easter heatwave, forecasters warned the weather is going “into reverse” from next week, with widespread frost across the south and snow flurries in the north.

Northerners can expect nights as cold as -5C while down South the temperature could bite as low as -2C.

Brits will be forced to trade shorts and sun cream for winter coats



A night falling below 1.8C at Heathrow would be the coldest May temperature at the airport since 1997, according to the Met Office, Sun Online reports.

Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weather trending said: “The mercury will go into reverse, with a cooler trend to end April.

“Fresh waves of Arctic air mean a good chance, even across southern Britain, of temperatures falling close to or below freezing.

“One or two winter showers are not ruled out later in the week, most likely on higher ground in the North.”

Widespread frost and snow flurries are predicted across the UK



The sub-zero drop will mean the UK is even colder than Stockholm’s 3C nights, with the freezing forecast set to last seven days into the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Consultant meteorologist Matt Hugo said: “Will it be the coldest start to May in quite some time? Northerly weather into early May is gaining traction.”

Some may manage to escape the icy blasts however, with London forecast to enjoy a few days at 17C.

Elsewhere, a northeasterly wind-chill will mean highs of 11-16C will feel more like 9-14C.

The plummeting temperatures come just days after Brits were basking in glorious sunshine hotter than Madrid and the Algarve.

Brits were basking in temperatures hotter than Portugal and Spain over Easter



Brits enjoyed a sunny 18C Sunday (April 24) while the Algarve managed just a showery 17C.

The recent heavy rain in Spain and Portugal has put a dampener on Brits’ holidays after thousands jetted off for an Easter break.

But now normality seems set to return for Brits who will be facing chilly nights and possible showers on home turf.

A Met Office forecaster said: “North-easterly winds will bring cooler air, with chilly nights and widespread frosts possible.

“Temperatures are slightly below or near normal into the start of May, with mainly dry conditions this week but showers possible in the North.”

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