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Britain will go from hotter than Ibiza to colder than Iceland as a 1,000 mile-wide “Arctic attack” brings snow to scatter sunbathers.
Cold air arrives from Monday (March 28) with the Met Office forecasting snow flurries in the north from Wednesday and threatening the south from Thursday.
Nights as low as -4C are due, with the south also hit by sub-zero chills – while frost is expected for many regions.
A Met Office forecaster said: “Monday will have warm sunny spells.
“But showers or longer spells of rain will follow across many parts from Tuesday, then turning colder with wintry showers in northern areas.
“From Thursday has possible frequent wintry showers across the North, with further South having some showers and perhaps hill snow with a small chance of this reaching low levels.”
Netweather said: “After warm spring sunshine, March has a cold sting in its tail.
“Winter is resuming just as British Summer Time starts.”
The week-long cold spell will sees shivers last into April.
Although sun-worshippers will be sad to see the hot weather end, the cold air will put a stop to the heatwave currently causing pollution across the UK.
Scorching highs of 20C sparked “high” levels of fine particulate pollution, known as PM2.5 – one of the most dangerous forms.
High pollution was recorded from Kent to Sunderland as Britain soaked up the sun.
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As well as Leeds and Sheffield, parts of the South East saw “very high” levels, especially in Norfolk and Essex.
Government advice urges everyone to “reduce physical exertion, particularly when outdoors and especially if they experience symptoms such as a cough or sore throat” when there’s very high levels of pollution.
Boffins from the Met Office said the early heatwave had pulled over chemicals caused by European farmers ploughing or spraying crops.
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