Forecast of sun, sleet and low temperatures for the first day of April

Sunny, sleet and single-digit temperatures were forecast for much of the UK on the first day of April. Areas in the north east will be hardest hit by wintry weather, and the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for ice in the early morning – including at peak times.

The warning – which covers the northeast of England, the east of Scotland and the Shetland Islands until 10 a.m. – means that frosty surfaces could cause injuries from slips and falls, as well as travel disruptions. A separate yellow warning for snow and ice also covers a small pocket of southeast England until 10am.

Rain showers interrupted by intermittent patches of winter sunshine are forecast for much of the rest of the UK.

The Environment Agency has issued two flood warnings and one flood alert for areas along the River Thames. Flooding is ‘expected’ at Coalhouse Point on the river in Essex, and is ‘possible’ in areas between Putney Bridge and Teddington Weir in west London.

After the mercury fell below zero overnight across the UK, temperatures are expected to hit highs of 7C and 8C across the UK on Friday and Saturday, rising to 9C and 10C on Sunday.

In Canterbury, snow saw a county cricket warm-up match between Lancashire and Kent suspended and then called off on Thursday. This follows last week’s sunshine when the mercury hit 20C in some places.

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