UK weather sees snow fall on the Oval as London gets a rare April dusting

  • Forecasters warn unsettled picture will continue for the rest of the week with temperatures staying in single figures 
  • Thunder, lightning and sleet showers are expected with some heavy snow forecast for northern parts of the country
  • Snow falls in London and parts in the south as people wrap up warm from the cold with hats and winter clothing 
  • Today is the latest it has snowed in UK for 19 years when more than 200 weather stations recorded it on May 6, 1997
  • Did you see the snow today or happen to take any photos of it? Please email kate.samuelson@mailonline.co.uk
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Snow and sleet has fallen in many parts of the UK as temperatures struggle to get into double figures with the prospect of a Spring-like May a long way off. 

It's almost May but forecasters are warning the unsettled picture will continue for much of the week with freezing conditions in many parts.

Thunder, lightning and sleet showers are expected with some in northern areas witnessing heavy snowfall, including on the North Yorkshire Moors and parts of Scotland.

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A heavy downfall of snow stops play at the Oval, London during the Specsavers County Championship Division One match

A heavy downfall of snow stops play at the Oval, London during the Specsavers County Championship Division One match

Snow falls in Tooley Street by London Bridge station in central London earlier today as forecasters warn the unsettled picture will continue

Snow falls in Tooley Street by London Bridge station in central London earlier today as forecasters warn the unsettled picture will continue

Thunder, lightning and sleet showers are expected with some in northern areas witnessing heavy snowfall. Pictured: Heavy snow falls across Teesside, Middlesbrough, making for tricky driving conditions

Thunder, lightning and sleet showers are expected with some in northern areas witnessing heavy snowfall. Pictured: Heavy snow falls across Teesside, Middlesbrough, making for tricky driving conditions

An icy purple flower photographed in the garden of Silan Burns in Perton, Wolverhampton

An icy purple flower photographed in the garden of Silan Burns in Perton, Wolverhampton

Trucks make their steady way along the A9 in the snow in Aviemore, Scotland

Trucks make their steady way along the A9 in the snow in Aviemore, Scotland

Skiers enjoy some fresh snow at the Cairngorm ski centre in Aviemore, Scotland. CairnGorm Mountain has benefitted from fresh heavy snowfalls and temperatures that have fallen to as low as -4C, allowing the slopes to stay open for skiing until the start of May

Skiers enjoy some fresh snow at the Cairngorm ski centre in Aviemore, Scotland. CairnGorm Mountain has benefitted from fresh heavy snowfalls and temperatures that have fallen to as low as -4C, allowing the slopes to stay open for skiing until the start of May

It is the latest widespread snow has been seen in the UK since May 6, 1997, when more than 200 weather stations recorded it. 

DID YOU SEE THE SNOW TODAY? 

Did you see the snow today or happen to take any photos of it? Please email kate.samuelson@mailonline.co.uk

Before that forecasters have to go back to April 27, 1985 when several London weather stations recorded sleet. 

Snow even stopped play at The Oval cricket ground this afternoon as the south was dusted in the white stuff. 

The type of snow flurry seen in London is known as 'thundersnow'. It is a phenomenon caused by heavy showers accompanied by lightning storms.

Forecasters think parts of Britain will be colder than Siberia and Greenland this week. There is a strong risk of hail showers throughout the country, with a chance of snow settling down to 200 metres.

Tonight will see wintry showers along the coast, with icy patches developing in Scotland and eastern England. Temperatures will be down to freezing in some places.  

Chilly skiers enjoy the fresh snow at Cairngorm ski centre in Scotland. CairnGorm Mountain's general manager Janette Jansson said: 'We are absolutely delighted to continue offering great snowsports at CairnGorm at the moment'

Chilly skiers enjoy the fresh snow at Cairngorm ski centre in Scotland. CairnGorm Mountain's general manager Janette Jansson said: 'We are absolutely delighted to continue offering great snowsports at CairnGorm at the moment'

People are caught in a hail storm at the Southbank by Tower Bridge, London, earlier today 

People are caught in a hail storm at the Southbank by Tower Bridge, London, earlier today 

Nicky Maxey, for the MetOffice, said: 'It's continuing to look unsettled tomorrow there's still a chance of more hail and thunder'. Pictured: People are caught in a hail storm at the Southbank, London

Nicky Maxey, for the MetOffice, said: 'It's continuing to look unsettled tomorrow there's still a chance of more hail and thunder'. Pictured: People are caught in a hail storm at the Southbank, London

Pedestrians experience a brief snow shower on Westminster Bridge, in central London earlier today as the cold weather continued 

Pedestrians experience a brief snow shower on Westminster Bridge, in central London earlier today as the cold weather continued 

HOW COMMON IS SNOW THIS LATE IN THE YEAR? 

It is rare to see snow past mid-April, however it has occurred this late in the year a number of times over the past few decades. 

May 6 1997: 209 weather stations across the UK (88 in England, 36 in Wales, 62 in Scotland and 23 in Northern Ireland) recorded a day of snow falling

April 26 1987: Appearances of snowflakes falling out of showers in Wiltshire and Berkshire   

April 27 1985: Hampstead reported snow and quite a lot of other stations in London reported sleet   

April 29-30 1979: Showers of sleet and snow reported across the country

April 23 1975: A little sleet and snow reported across eastern and southern England 

April 18-19 1969: Sleet and snow showers reported in East Anglia 

April 21 1967: Widespread snow, mainly in the higher peaks of Scotland and northern England 

April 14-15 1966: Widespread snow reported in parts of southern England - of up to 8.89cm  

April 19 1965: The ground was covered in snow in parts of the north east of England and the Midlands 

The sight of snow in London has prompted a flurry of bets at Ladbrokes on April being the coldest month on record at 5/1. 

Another bet being taken on at 4/5 is that snow will fall in the UK every day until Sunday May 1. 

Nicky Maxey, a spokeswoman for the MetOffice, said: 'It's continuing to look unsettled tomorrow and there's still a chance of more hail and thunder. 

'More snow will be at higher levels, over 500 metres and further north there will be a chance of some thunder with some hail anywhere in the country. 

'Tomorrow the eastern side will have more chances of snowy conditions, less chance in the west

'That unsettled picture continues for the rest of the week, as we go on wind more from the Atlantic, westerly direction and low pressure will influence weather. 

'Temperatures will be in double figures again by the weekend. London on Saturday and Sunday will be 14-15C [57.2F-59F], back to more of what you expect for the time of year.'

There is a severe weather warning in place for northern Scotland warning of snow and ice.

The unsettled conditions could also cause problems for Monday's Bank Holiday, forecasters say.

On this day last year temperatures peaked in London at 11.3C [52F] - with the hottest part in Sutton Bonington near Nottingham which reached 13.3C [56F].  

Mrs Maxey added: 'Today is looking like most places will be struggling to see double figures. 

'As you would expect further north is colder - in Scotland, Aberdeen and Glasgow looking at 7-8C [44-46F]. In London it will be nearer 10-11C [50-52F] and for the south east today. 

'That's per normal and is a few degrees difference between north and the rest of UK.' 

Spring snowfall will allow the ski resort in the Cairngorms to remain open into May.

Heavy snow and freezing temperatures on Tuesday morning mean more than half of the 11 lifts in the Aviemore area are open for skiers and snowboarders.

In 2010, CairnGorm Mountain remained open until June for the first time with hundreds of skiers trekking to the snow.

This year, the resort will be open until at least May 2, when staff will review the conditions.

Snow is expected to continue in higher parts of the north east of Scotland until the weekend.209 weather stations across the UK (88 in England, 36 in Wales, 62 in Scotland and 23 in Northern Ireland) recorded a day of snow falling

A man sledges in a field near the A93 as the snow gates on the road at Spittal of Glenshee, Scotland, are closed due to the weather

A man sledges in a field near the A93 as the snow gates on the road at Spittal of Glenshee, Scotland, are closed due to the weather

People were out on their sledges near the A93 at Spittal of Glenshee after the snow meant the gates to the road had to be shut 

People were out on their sledges near the A93 at Spittal of Glenshee after the snow meant the gates to the road had to be shut 

Spittal of Glenshee after snowfall - forecasters have warned temperatures in some parts of the UK could be lower than Siberia 

Spittal of Glenshee after snowfall - forecasters have warned temperatures in some parts of the UK could be lower than Siberia 

Heavy snow falls across Teesside, Middlesbrough, in the north east of England making for tricky driving conditions as Arctic winds bring a taste of winter

Heavy snow falls across Teesside, Middlesbrough, in the north east of England making for tricky driving conditions as Arctic winds bring a taste of winter

A woman clears snow from a car park as heavy snow falls across Teesside, Middlesbrough, as we approach May and temperatures remain in single figures

A woman clears snow from a car park as heavy snow falls across Teesside, Middlesbrough, as we approach May and temperatures remain in single figures

More snow will be at higher levels, over 500 metres and further north there will be a chance of some thunder with some hail anywhere in the country, according to the Met Office (pictured: a cyclist struggles in Teesside, Middlesbrough)

More snow will be at higher levels, over 500 metres and further north there will be a chance of some thunder with some hail anywhere in the country, according to the Met Office (pictured: a cyclist struggles in Teesside, Middlesbrough)

Trees and fields in Princetown, Devon are covered in snow as a cold weather front sweeps across Britain today and this week

Trees and fields in Princetown, Devon are covered in snow as a cold weather front sweeps across Britain today and this week

CairnGorm Mountain general manager Janette Jansson said: 'We are absolutely delighted to continue offering great snowsports at CairnGorm at the moment.

'It was a particularly late start to the season this year, but we are certainly making up for it now with plenty of snow still on the slopes.' 

Today is looking like most places will be struggling to see double figures - with London down to 10-11C [50-52F] (pictured: a beautiful snowy scene in Princetown, Devon)

Today is looking like most places will be struggling to see double figures - with London down to 10-11C [50-52F] (pictured: a beautiful snowy scene in Princetown, Devon)

The snow covered hills of Glenshee, Scotland, after snowfall - the highest temperature recorded for this day last year was near Nottingham

The snow covered hills of Glenshee, Scotland, after snowfall - the highest temperature recorded for this day last year was near Nottingham

A car makes its way through blizzard snow conditions on the A93 at Spittal of Glenshee, Scotland, after snowfall

A car makes its way through blizzard snow conditions on the A93 at Spittal of Glenshee, Scotland, after snowfall

Tomorrow will see a mix of sunshine and wintry showers, with hail, snow and sleet across the UK.

Showers could be heavy at times and accompanied by thunder. Temperatures will be between 7-9C [44F-48F] in the north and 9-12C [44F-53F] in the south.

There will be more heavy wintry showers on Thursday, particularly along the east coast, with a chance of snow settling above 500 metres.

The wintry showers will continue on Friday, with a risk of hail and snow on the hills in the north.

The weekend is also expected to be unsettled, with rain showers across the country, which could turn heavy in places with hail and thunder. There may be snow in the Scottish highlands.

Cairngorm Mountain ski resort in Scotland, pictured as officials announce they will remain open until May due to late spring snowfall

Cairngorm Mountain ski resort in Scotland, pictured as officials announce they will remain open until May due to late spring snowfall

Sheep with their lambs out in the snow on the North Yorkshire Moors as the north of England is blasted with Arctic winds bringing snow

Sheep with their lambs out in the snow on the North Yorkshire Moors as the north of England is blasted with Arctic winds bringing snow

Lambs brave the cold at Newham Grange Farm, near Middlesbrough, as spring is on hold following heavy snow falls across Teesside

Lambs brave the cold at Newham Grange Farm, near Middlesbrough, as spring is on hold following heavy snow falls across Teesside

Sheep forage for grass in a field near the A93 as the snow gates on the road at Spittal of Glenshee, Scotland, are closed due to the weather

Sheep forage for grass in a field near the A93 as the snow gates on the road at Spittal of Glenshee, Scotland, are closed due to the weather

A gritter waits in the hills of Glenshee after snowfall - temperatures in Scotland are expected to remain cold near 0C [32F]

A gritter waits in the hills of Glenshee after snowfall - temperatures in Scotland are expected to remain cold near 0C [32F]

Picture postcard cottages surrounded by snow on North Yorkshire Moors as the north of England is hit by Arctic winds

Picture postcard cottages surrounded by snow on North Yorkshire Moors as the north of England is hit by Arctic winds

The moorland roads between Castleton and Rosedale in North Yorkshire are covered in snow as temperatures plummeted

The moorland roads between Castleton and Rosedale in North Yorkshire are covered in snow as temperatures plummeted

Drivers faced snowy conditions in Danby, North Yorkshire, this morning with heavy snowfall and temperatures at 1C [39F]

Drivers faced snowy conditions in Danby, North Yorkshire, this morning with heavy snowfall and temperatures at 1C [39F]

Roads in Castleton village in North Yorkshire are covered in snow as temperatures plummeted to about 0C [32F]

Roads in Castleton village in North Yorkshire are covered in snow as temperatures plummeted to about 0C [32F]

The North Yorkshire Moors have been hit by snow showers as the country is gripped by a cold spell with temperatures struggling to reach their averages for the time of year 

The North Yorkshire Moors have been hit by snow showers as the country is gripped by a cold spell with temperatures struggling to reach their averages for the time of year 

Rough sea at Seaham Harbour in County Durham, as snow and high winds sweep across the North East

Rough sea at Seaham Harbour in County Durham, as snow and high winds sweep across the North East

Despite the approach of May, forecasters say that summer will feel a long way off as wind, rain, snow and sleet showers hit many parts. Pictured: Rough sea at Seaham Harbour in County Durham

Despite the approach of May, forecasters say that summer will feel a long way off as wind, rain, snow and sleet showers hit many parts. Pictured: Rough sea at Seaham Harbour in County Durham

 

 

 

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