SNOW warnings have been issued for parts of the UK as temperatures are expected to plummet.

It comes after a forecaster from the Met Office said wintry showers are likely for 'a lot of the UK' as colder temperatures are expected for the rest of the Easter weekend.

The Met Office said no part of the country would be 'immune' from snowfall on Easter Monday as the temperatures continue to drop.

For Dorset, temperatures are expected to drop to zero from today until Wednesday - with highs of 8°C.

Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Mark Sidaway, said: “After a settled, warm spell with plenty of sunshine particularly across England and Wales our weather will take a notable change in direction later in the weekend.

"Very cold Arctic air will move in from the north west through Sunday, bringing snow showers and freezing overnight temperatures.

"The snow showers will predominantly affect the north and west of the UK.

"The south and east will likely remain drier but still cold with a lower chance of wintry showers.”

The Met Office’s yellow warnings are in place from 6pm on Sunday until midnight on Monday.

Despite the chilly weather, the public have been urged to respect the rules and only meet friends and family outdoors now that restrictions have started to ease.

More than half of British households – 51 per cent – had planned to swap a traditional Easter roast for a barbeque or picnic this year, a survey by Sainsbury’s found.

Craig Snell, forecaster for the Met Office, said: "After a taste of summer for a lot of the UK, we will see things turn much colder as we go through the second half of the Easter weekend.

"A lot of the UK will be prone to seeing some wintry showers as we go through the course of Monday."

Mr Snell said although it was not unusual to see snow at this time of year, it would be a “shock to the system” for many, following balmy temperatures felt earlier in the week.

Parts of the UK saw the mercury reach nearly 24C on Wednesday.

"Nowhere is going to be immune from potentially seeing some snow showers on Monday, even down towards the south west of England,” said Mr Snell.

But he said it was unlikely that the snow would settle.