Friday, May 18th 2012, 3:03 AM EDT
After rain for the South and North and downpours for the Midlands on Friday the Met Office said heavy weekend showers will hit the South.
Weather Channel forecaster Leon Brown said: “It’s cold in the North due to a plunge of Arctic air.”
Beaches will be empty again as rain disrupts England’s first cricket Test against the West Indies at Lord’s and soaks fans at football’s Championship play-off-final at Wembley and rugby’s Heineken Cup final at Twickenham.
Brighter weekend spells will see 16C in the South - but just 10-11C in the Midlands, with the drier North at 8-9C.
Up to three inches’ snow fell over the Highlands on Thursday after -5C overnight lows on Cairngorm, with lunchtime temperatures of 4C in parts of Scotland and 6-8C in the North.
MeteoGroup forecaster Nick Prebble said: “Umbrellas have been needed through an unsettled week, with below-average temperatures in the North.”
The North will be colder on Friday at 5-7C, with two inches more snow due in Scotland’s Highlands.
Met Office forecaster Charlie Powell said: “Sleet and snow were reported across Scottish mountains. There will be a north-south divide until next week, with the North drier and the South cloudier with rain but higher temperatures.”
The mercury is colder than February’s usual 7C highs, and up to 10C colder than May’s normal 16C peaks.
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