Temperatures are unlikely to recover to normal averages for the time of year until the latter part of next month, the Met Office has suggested in its 30-day forecast.
Freezing temperatures look set to bring misery to thousands of people for the rest of the week and throughout Easter weekend as the dangerous wintry weather shows no immediate signs of abating.
The Met Office has issued a cold weather alert for much of England, with a 100 per cent probability of severe cold weather and icy conditions until Friday.
Its outlook for Sunday until April 9 predicts cold, dry weather, with a few light snow flurries and widespread frost and icy patches overnight, with temperatures unlikely to return to normal levels for this time of year until the latter part of April.
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