Strong winds and wintery showers will round off the week after bitingly cold temperatures blanketed the country with outbreaks of frost and snow.
Today forecasters predict widespread rain across the country as well as sub zero temperatures in many areas.
While the mercury won’t plummet to lows seen in recent days it will reach -1C in some northern regions and will stay low for most of the day.
And there are also warnings of strong winds across Scotland together with unsettled weather, as gusts of more than 40mph are forecast to batter the far north of the country.
Met Office forecaster Clare Nasir said of Thursday’s weather: “It will be a chilly start to the day particularly across eastern counties with a touch of frost in places.
“Temperatures just recovering further west and a few showers to start the day across more southern areas.
“It’s a wet start for Scotland, outbreaks of rain here and a strong wind associated with the cold front.”
The Met Office said there will be some brighter spells during the day with the south east enjoying milder climates than seen in recent days.
And forecasters have predicted that Friday will see the mercury plummet once again with warnings of an ‘Artic plunge’ descending from the north.
This will also see snow showers returning to some areas.
It comes after widespread frost and sub-zero conditions spread all across Scotland, England and Wales with a freezing start for most on Wednesday.
Earlier, the mercury plunged to minus 4.2C in Eskdalemuir, Scotland and a low of minus 4.1C was recorded in Gloucestershire.
Those freezing conditions came just days after a scorching Easter weekend which saw sunshine and high temperatures in many parts of the UK.
UK weather forecast for next five days
Rather cloudy but less cold and mostly dry for many today. Probably still the odd bright spell though, and chance of scattered showers this afternoon. More unsettled over Scotland where rain at times this afternoon. Northern Scotland windy, especially later.
Early evening rain over southern Scotland will move across Northern Ireland and northern England into central UK overnight. Wintry showers follow into the north. Northern Scotland very windy this evening.
Much colder for Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England where also snow showers, mainly northern Scotland. Elsewhere, less cold with showery rain for some but very far southern England dry.
Outlook for Saturday to Monday:
Wintry showers in places Saturday, though some more persistent rain and snow possible for southern England. More settled Sunday, with showers for the north Monday. Generally cold. Night frosts.