Exact day snow to fall in Scotland as temperatures to plummet to 10c

Ben Nevis range, seen from Loch Eil, Grampians, western Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe
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Scots are being urged to brace for a weather transformation as forecasters have revealed when the country will be hit with snow and heavy rain and thunder.

After a weekend of sunshine and the mercury reaching the same as in Barcelona, Scotland is set to cool significantly, with rain, wind and a touch of the white stuff to fall over higher ground. While these conditions aren't typically seen in the early summer, experts say a snow forecast "isn't completely unusual".

The stark shift in conditions is thanks to a bout of low pressure migrating from the Arctic which is set to reach Scotland by Tuesday. As well as dropping temperatures, which will "struggle" to stay in the low teens, this front is to bring heavy rain which could fall as snow in mountain areas located above 600m.

Speaking on the week ahead, Met Office meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth reported: "It's going to turn a little bit colder particularly through Tuesday and into Wednesday when we see this dive of cold air from the north spread across the country. It won't move particularly quickly south and eastwards and will arrive into north and west first of all through Tuesday."

This low pressure will be accompanied by a band of rain that is to spread south and eastwards through the day, allowing for some northern parts of Scotland to briefly clear up. But colder weather will become widespread later that evening "with a risk of blustery, heavy showers".

A sea of umbrellas on the Royal Mile, with St Giles' Cathedral in the background, as many parts of Scotland continue to be affected by heavy rain, on May 28, 2024 in Edinburgh, Scotland
Forecasters are also predicting heavy rain for the majority of the country -Credit:Ken Jack/Getty Images

Miss Shuttleworth added that temperatures in the south of the UK will remain "fairly mild" but"quite a difference up the north and west. Temperatures struggling into the mid teens across the northwest and I think with the breeze it's certainly going to feel very different.

"Now that cold air continues to dive south and eastwards through the night on Tuesday night into Wednesday and this occluded front brings the focus of some quite heavy showers through Wednesday morning. And those showers could fall as snow over the high ground of Scotland, which is not that typical for early summer but isn't completely unusual.

"Snow's only really expected over above 600m in Scotland."

The Met Office maps show temperatures reaching a much colder 10C in the far north, while the rest of Scotland will see highs of 14C. As Wednesday progresses, plenty of cloud could result in "some fairly frequent, possibly heavy and thundery showers".

Forecasters previously revealed that the UK saw its warmest May and meteorological spring on record. The month's average mean temperature reached 13.1C beating 2008’s previous record figure of 12.1C in a series which dates back to 1884.

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