After a spell of warm weather for many, cooler conditions will spread across the United Kingdom by Friday before likely becoming unsettled and much colder with the chance of wintry conditions from Sunday.
There will be some mist patches for a time this morning (Friday, April 2).
Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Mark Sidaway, said: "After a settled, warm spell with plenty of sunshine particularly across England and Wales our weather will take a notable change in direction later in the weekend". Highest temperatures will be 12° to 16° for much of the country, mildest in the southwest.
It will be cooler near east and north coasts, with moderate east to northeast breezes and highest temperatures of 9° and 11°.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Continuing dry with clear spells. Some mist and fog will form in near calm conditions, mainly in the midlands.
On average, the United Kingdom experiences around 14 days each spring where temperatures fall to zero or below, revealed the forecaster. Highest temperatures will range between 10 and 13 degrees, coolest along the east coast due to a light to moderate northeasterly breeze.
There's set to be more of the same on Easter Monday, cold and breezy with sunny spells and scattered wintry showers mainly over the northern half of the country. It will be cloudier further north. "Afternoon temperatures will only reach around 3C to 7C degrees", the forecaster said.
Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said a "cold front" will start moving down from the north, bringing with it colder, windier conditions in stark contrast to the previous "warm southerly winds".
Between Sunday night and Monday morning, temperatures could sink to as low as minus 2C. This is particularly true from late Sunday and into early next week when the character of the weather is likely to change with the prospect of snow showers for many accompanied by very strong northerly winds. Frost and icy patches will develop as temperatures fall to between -2 and +2 degrees.
Tuesday (April 6) will continue cold with sunny spells and scattered showers, some wintry.