UK weather: SNOW hits the North and temperatures plunge to -5C

Parts of Britain will be hit by two inches of rain and 65mph winds today after snow fell in parts of the country.

The topsy-turvy British weather lived up to its reputation overnight as some areas were left looking decidedly wintery following hail and snow showers less than 48 hours after the end of a September heatwave.

Severe weather hit parts of the North of England as temperatures plunged to -5C (19F) in Scotland following a late burst of heat at the start of the week that saw the mercury rise to 26C (79F) in southern England. 

It came as England had its first evening of new measures aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus, with all pubs, bars and restaurants having to shut by 10pm last night to comply with new rules brought in this week. 

Snow has been left piled up by the side of the street in Leeds overnight after hail and snow hit parts of West Yorkshire

Snow has been left piled up by the side of the street in Leeds overnight after hail and snow hit parts of West Yorkshire

Storm Aiden's freak snow and hail fall has made for treacherous conditions as lorries pass along the road in Leeds

Storm Aiden's freak snow and hail fall has made for treacherous conditions as lorries pass along the road in Leeds

Winds of up to 65mph are set to batter the East of England today, while huge waves are battering the coast of Seaham in Durham

Winds of up to 65mph are set to batter the East of England today, while huge waves are battering the coast of Seaham in Durham

Commuters in Westminster, London, were caught in a downpour on Friday morning as they waited for a bus in the autumn weather

Commuters in Westminster, London, were caught in a downpour on Friday morning as they waited for a bus in the autumn weather

Strong winds are battering parts of the North East causing stormy seas at Tynemouth Pier in Newcastle this morning

Strong winds are battering parts of the North East causing stormy seas at Tynemouth Pier in Newcastle this morning 

Windy conditions on the Dorset coast has seen surfers turn up to take advantage of the strong waves at Boscombe beach

Windy conditions on the Dorset coast has seen surfers turn up to take advantage of the strong waves at Boscombe beach

Highs of just 15C (59F) are expected in England this weekend although sunshine is expected for many parts of the country, just days after temperatures more akin to an August day on the Mediterranean.

Drivers across West Yorkshire including Bradford and Leeds were left battling a temporary hail whiteout yesterday amid snow showers, while in nearby Baildon and Shipley the stormy conditions led to reports of flash flooding. 

Stunning images and video captured the thunderstorm and the aftermath, which left sleet, snow and sludge on roads yesterday.

Parts of Leeds, West Yorks., were hit with a freak storm which saw 'hail the size of golf balls' falling on streets.

Thunder and lightning also hit parts of the city with localised flooding reported on roads and power supplies cut off.

Carey Davies, who captured footage of the storm, said: 'Raging thunderstorm, electricity gone, world instantly turned into winter. Another classic 2020 prank.'

Despite the weather taking a turn for the worse this week, there was still some early morning sunshine in Dorset on Friday

Despite the weather taking a turn for the worse this week, there was still some early morning sunshine in Dorset on Friday

Strong winds off the East coast are making for wild conditions on the water off Tynemouth Pier in Newcastle this morning, as waves crash around the DFDS Princess Seaways ferry

Strong winds off the East coast are making for wild conditions on the water off Tynemouth Pier in Newcastle this morning, as waves crash around the DFDS Princess Seaways ferry

Tynemouth Pier is barely visible as blowing winds cause huge waves to roll against the structure, with gales expected to reach up to 65mph today

Tynemouth Pier is barely visible as blowing winds cause huge waves to roll against the structure, with gales expected to reach up to 65mph today

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