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Met Office warns Kent will face ‘Arctic plunge’ over Easter

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Original article from Kent Live

The second half of the Easter weekend will bring with it bitterly cold temperatures and wintry showers.

The Met Office has warned of an ‘Arctic blast’ which could see temperatures drop to just 2 degrees in some areas on Easter Monday (April 5)

The cold spell will make it the coldest Easter for a number of years as people turn to the big winter coats for one last time after a false dawn last week.

The cold weather will be a stark contrast to the weather conditions that hit Kent on Tuesday (March 30) and Wednesday (March 31).

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Following the easing of coronavirus restrictions, temperatures climbed to 22 degrees across parts of Kent with pictures showing people flocking to Kent’s coastline.

Less than five days later though and we’re now preparing for another cold snap.

Temperatures fell by more than 13 degrees in the days leading up to the long bank holiday weekend.

The picture across Kent on Monday afternoon

While accumulations are unlikely to build, the wintry conditions will come as a shock to many following the recent summery conditions.

The winter of 2020/2021 saw lots of snow in the forecast but not too much substance.

Grahame Madge, a Met Office spokesman said: “From late on Sunday the entire UK will be under the influence of the Arctic plunge, bringing much colder temperatures and the potential for wintry showers.

“Wintry showers are even expected to reach the south east, but here we are not anticipating any particularly noteworthy impacts.

Accumulations aren't expected this time

“Any hail or snow showers are likely to be intermittent, with April sunshine and reasonable ground temperatures likely to prevent long-term settling of any snow flurries.

“We continue to keep the forecast under review and we will issue updates as necessary. You can keep up to date with the forecast on the Met Office website and social media channels.”

You can find out where and when it will snow this weekend in Kent here.

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