Heavy snow set to blanket parts of England next week as icy blast sweeps country

HEAVY snow is set to carpet parts of England next week, with an icy blast sweeping across the country.

The south of England faced gusts of up to 70mph today following the UK's coldest ever May Bank Holiday.

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Heavy rain is expected in the north today, with strong winds bringing more May misery.

A Met Office yellow warning was put in place from Wales to East Anglia and and the south of England until 9am today, with gusts hitting 70mph.

Delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport were "likely" after yesterday saw the joint-coldest May Bank Holiday Monday on record, with the mercury plunging to -5.9C.

And the cold snap is set to continue with snow due to fall across northern parts of England tomorrow.

SNOW TO FALL

Heavy downpours with hail and thunder are expected in the north and east on Wednesday.

The Met Office has warned of more rain across much of the UK next week, with some hill snow in the north.

A map from website The Weather Outlook suggests snow may fall across southern England.

There is also a risk of coastal gales going into the second week of May as heavy winds pummel the country again.







It comes after howling gales brought travel chaos to large parts of Britain, with roads blocked by falling trees.

Thousands of homes were hit by power cuts as heavy winds brought down trees and caused power lines to fall.

There were reports of power cuts in Torquay, Devon, Stafford, Derby, and Berkshire.

In Wales, hundreds of homes, from Anglesey to Cardiff, were hit by power outages.

SELFIE WARNING

Winds of 74mph were recorded at Mumbles Head in Swansea as the country was lashed by heavy winds.

Coastguards and the Met Office warned people not to take selfies on seafronts and beaches where waves could sweep them to their deaths.

Yesterday, the mercury tumbled to a bone-chilling -5.9C, the joint coldest on record.

The record-equalling low was recorded in Kinbrace, Scotland, where where the previous low of -5.9C was recorded in 2012.

The Met Office said May it was “provisionally the joint coldest start to the Early Spring Bank Holiday Monday on record”.

According to the Met Office temperatures at this time of year should range between 13C and 16C.

As storms continue to batter Britain, Ladbrooks slashed their odds on May being the wettest on record.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "It's looking increasingly likely this could go down as a record-breaking wet May if the latest odds are anything to go by."


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