Published: 09:02, 01 April 2021
| Updated: 09:30, 01 April 2021
Kent's mini heatwave is set to end - and could be replaced by snow showers.
The sun and heat will sadly not make it to the Easter weekend when chilly conditions replace near-historic highs.
Parts of the UK saw temperatures hit almost 24C (75.2F) on Wednesday, with Weybourne, north Norfolk leading the way at a peak of 23.9C (75F).
The figure fell just shy of the nation’s hottest ever March temperature of 25.6C (78F), which was recorded in 1968 at Mepal in Cambridgeshire.
The mercury reached 24.5C (76.1F) at Kew Gardens in west London on Tuesday – the hottest March day in 53 years – and temperatures stayed steady at around 21 degrees across Kent.
However, this is set to give way to cloud over the next few days, with temperatures in the north of the county dipping into the single figures in many coastal towns.
Towards the end of Sunday snow could fall, with a 70% chance of showers in some parts of Kent on Monday.
Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said a “cold front” will start moving down from the north, bringing with it colder, windier conditions in stark contrast to the previous “warm southerly winds”.
"Friday should mark a rather malign start to Easter," he continued, "with colder conditions for large swathes of the country as part of an Arctic plunge.
“Temperatures will be dragged down quite a bit from the day before, with wintry showers expected in Scotland and the most northern regions in England.”
Temperatures are expected to bottom-out on Easter Monday, dipping into the negative figures overnight.