UK snow map LIVE: UK turns white as unforecast snow blankets nation

Maidenhead: Snow falls in the area as lockdown is eased

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While a snow day may have been welcomed in times gone by, pub landlords won’t be welcoming the snow today, as outdoor hospitality will open for the first time this year. Much of southern England and Wales woke up to snow on Monday morning, with temperatures up north leading to a severe frost.

Snow, sleet and chilly temperatures are forecast for much of the UK on Monday.

Southern England and parts of Wales will see the majority of the snow today, with the Met Office forecasting a “temporary covering”.

Meanwhile, up north, the dry and clear conditions are leading to a “severe frost”, the Met Office said.

The gloomy weather comes after a chilly weekend with patchy snow.

Heavy rain and areas of hill snow are expected in Northern Ireland, Wales and western parts of England on Monday morning.

Throughout the day these showers will move south-eastwards, pushing into southern parts and the Midlands by the middle of the morning.

Into the afternoon and evening, we can expect to see these showers hitting the south coast.

Temperatures are forecast to be from around 6C (43F) in the Scottish isles to 12C (53.6F) in Cornwall.

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London is expected to see temperatures around 10C (50F) and Manchester 7C (44.6F).

Scotland and northern England will have a sunny start to the week.

Overnight into Tuesday will see temperatures around freezing for much of the country, with the rest of the week cold but dry.

Later into Tuesday, however, things will begin to warm up a little.

The Met Office said it will feel “less cold than recently” in most parts of the nation.

By the weekend, temperatures should be up into the low teens for many, with the sun shining.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is urging the nation to “behave responsibly” as pubs open once more.

The easing of restrictions will also see non-essential shops, hairdressers, indoor gyms, swimming pools, nail salons and zoos welcoming customers for the first time in 2021.

While people can enjoy meeting outside, the rules around indoor gatherings in England are still strict.

People are not be allowed to visit each other’s homes, with socialising indoors still prohibited outside support bubbles.

Mr Johnson urged caution during the “major step forward” in the easing of England’s lockdown.

He said: “I’m sure it will be a huge relief for those business owners who have been closed for so long, and for everyone else it’s a chance to get back to doing some of the things we love and have missed.

“I urge everyone to continue to behave responsibly and remember ‘hands, face, space and fresh air’ to suppress COVID as we push on with our vaccination programme.”

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