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Sunshine will be short lived as a ten degree drop in temperature is expected

The Daffodils are finally out, one month late Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Many of us thought spring had sprung this week, some even hoped summer had come early.

With every day temperatures in the high teens or low twenties, it has been well above the average for this time of year.

This caused people to flock outdoors for lunch, exposing their winter white bodies, and despite a sneeze here and there as the tree pollen started to build, the sun put a smile on people's faces.

People enjoy the spring sunshine in St. James's Park in Central London Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

On Thursday, temperatures peaked at 23 degrees Celsius, making it the warmest day of the year so far.

And it wasn't just us who got excited about it, as nature finally made an appearance.

A man enjoys sunbathing in the spring sunshine in the Museum Gardens, York Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

The daffodils, although a month late have been nodding their heads to the sun in the sky, the Magnolia trees have flourished from nowhere and we are expecting an explosion of colour as the spring bulbs finally start to sprout.

But, excitement, sadly will be short lived as this weekend we will need to protect our small plants, covering them from a potential frost, whilst at the same time protecting ourselves with a few more layers.

Why this sudden change in the weather?

We have been enjoying mild south or southwesterly winds bringing warmth from the near continent.

Cold air has been gathering in the North Credit: Daybreak

However, at the same time cold air has been gathering to our north and waiting in the wings.

It started to make progress into Scotland earlier this week but during the early hours of Friday, a cold front sank south across the country, the winds flipped to a cold northerly allowing the arctic air to plunge across the UK.

For some there will be a ten degree drop in temperature in just one day. Crazy!

What’s the forecast this weekend?

Protect your plants: A frost is expected overnight Credit: Daybreak

Saturday:

Much of England and Wales will be cool and breezy with sunshine and scattered heavy showers.

A weak ridge will build across Scotland and Northern Ireland, cutting off the shower activity.

So a fine, cool day with sunny spells, into the evening our next weather front will bring cloud and rain into the west before slowly moving south overnight.

Clear spells and light winds mean a colder night to come with a more widespread airfrost: gardeners beware!

Sunday:

A three way split, the weather front will be across Northern England, Wales and southwest England bringing cloudy and outbreaks of rain.

Scotland and Northern Ireland will be breezy with sunny spells and scattered showers.

The Midlands, East Anglia and southeast England will be a drier day than Saturday with sunny spells.

How about next week?

May is just around the corner, while we will lose the April showers, we unfortunately won’t lose this cool weather.

Northwestern areas will be more unsettled with spells of winds and rain.

Southeastern areas will be largely dry with sunny spells.

It’s amazing how the weather can make such a U-turn, this week's warmth could be the last we see for some time!

It’s true what they say. ‘Ne cast a clout before may is out!’