The Old Post Office in Leeds City Square.
Meteorologists are warning of a cold snap over Easter with severe snow warnings imposed on parts of northern Scotland – with none of the country “immune” to snow until Monday with temperatures continuing to drop to zero.
Wind gusting winds and snow showers are expected in Fife, Strathclyde and the Highlands as the country reaches an ‘Arctic trough’.
People flocked to parks and beaches in balmy conditions late in March this week, but there have been fears the cold snap may drive people indoors, where the risk of coronaviruses contracting is higher.
Up to 15 centimetres of snow could fall at higher elevations by Easter Monday.
The Met Office yellow warnings are in effect as of 6pm on Sunday and midnight on Monday.
Craig Snell, a forecaster with the Met Office, said: ‘After a taste of summer for a lot of the UK, we will see things turn much colder as we go through the second half of the Easter weekend.
Mr Snell said while it was not uncommon to see snow around this time of year, it was a “shock to the system” for many after temperatures had been very mild earlier this week.
The outlook is predicted to remain exceptionally cold from Easter Monday until Wednesday (April 7), with gusts of wind and frequent wintry showers for much of Britain, northern and eastern hemispheres.