Original article from Kent Live
Easter is now just over a week away and the countdown to the long weekend is on for many of us.
However, if you had made plans to set up the barbecue or catch some sun in your back garden – think again!
BBC Weather is forecasting that Kent will be in the single digits over much of the weekend with temperatures dropping to just above freezing overnight.
The cold weather will see temperatures fall below those in Russia, where temperatures will be pushing double digits.
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After a particularly cold and disruptive winter – a mini heatwave forecast for the start of next week had raised hopes that the Easter weekend would bring with it good weather.
However, rain showers and cloudy conditions look set to take hold over the country by the weekend as the first signs of summer are halted abruptly.
The BBC is forecasting that temperatures will struggle to get above five degrees in Tunbridge Wells on Saturday (April 3)
On Easter Sunday and Monday, temperatures are likely to stay around eight or nine degrees in the West of Kent.
It is a similar story in east Kent where temperatures will reach highs of nine degrees and lows of five degrees in the evening.
There are rain showers forecast for Monday (April 5) in Thanet and Dover.
Easter Friday (April 2) looks like being the best day of the bunch with temperatures likely to reach 12 or 13 degrees.
Below you can view the extended Met Office forecast.
Met Office forecast for Kent: March 29 – April 7
Rain could be persistent and heavy early next week, especially across some hills in the west. Drier in the south and very mild at times to start next week.
There are signals for high pressure to build to the west of the UK later in the week, allowing colder air to spread south bringing a mixture of sunshine and showers, with these mainly in the north and east and turning wintry over hills.
These cooler, showery conditions may well persist into the middle of the week.
Temperatures are likely to start rather warm or warm for parts of the south and southeast, but will likely widely return back to, or rather below, average by the weekend.