UK hit by spell of Arctic cold weather ahead of Easter

A wind chill makes the temperature across the UK feel colder this weekend. (PA)

A polar plunge bringing cold temperatures from Scandinavia with it has taken over much of the UK this weekend.

Temperatures in the day are set to reach 11C today, Saturday April 13, but a wind chill will make it feel as low as 3C in some areas across the country.

A Met Office spokesman said: “Temperatures are colder for this time of year. They should be about 13C.”

There is currently a cold spell in the UK with below average temperatures for this time of year . (Met Office)

The Met Office has warned that the weather is likely to be mixed throughout May.

They tweeted earlier this week: “Have you heard about the chillier weather on the way?

“That’s because a polar continental air mass will bring cooler air from Scandinavia.”

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Forecaster Craig Snell told the Mirror Online: “Towards the end of the day, there will be some rain reaching for the west of Cornwall and the western parts of Northern Ireland.

“Temperatures will slide to 10-12C in the west of the UK, whilst the east will increase to 8-10C.

“It will be another chilly feeling day, but it won’t be bad if you are under the sun.”

The forecast said: “The weather is most likely to be rather mixed with showers or longer spells of rain.

“The most widespread rain is expected to affect northwestern parts of the United Kingdom.

“However, all areas can also expect some drier and brighter interludes.

“Temperatures are generally likely to be near or slightly above normal during this period, but with some marked day on day variations, as often happens at this time of the year.”

Wales and the South East are set to be the warmest places in the UK this weekend and severe coastal winds are expected to hit Scotland and Northern England.