Huddersfield is braced for an Arctic chill - after enjoying the warmest day of the year so far.
Temperatures nudged to 60°F, or 16°C. on Thursday with wall to wall sunshine.
But Huddersfield weatherman Paul Stevens has warned of a bitterly cold weekend ahead, with the cold spell set to continue well into next week.
There is a ray of hope, however, as there is a chance of the start of May being much warmer.
Mr Stevens, of Salendne Nook, has already warned that the hills and moors around Huddersfield could be hit by wintry showers over the weekend, with temperatures dropping down to just above freezing.
He said: “We had our warmest day of the year so far on Thursday, when the afternoon temperatures in the town centre hit 16°c or 60°f.
“That’s a great last day of spring warmth before colder Arctic air begins its passage south tomorrow and into next week.
“Despite showers, some of them wintry and with hail and thunder this weekend, there will be some pleasant if much colder sunshine in between.
“There is the risk of those wintry showers on Sunday as well.
“Looking ahead to May there may be signs of a warming trend.”
Spring in Greenhead Park
Thankfully conditions are not looking as bad as they were 35 years ago when a depression over south-east England led to a cold north-easterly flow, which brought snow in a wide arc from the Peak District down to Dartmoor.
The Cotswolds and Peak District saw more than 24in (60cm) of snow on April 25 1981, with more than 12in (30cm) in north Devon.
This event led to a lot of transport disruption, power failures and the severe loss of livestock, including newly born spring lambs.
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