Britain battered by snow, sleet and gale-force winds

    Siberian conditions: After weeks of sunshine the UK has been hit by Arctic blasts
    Arctic conditions including snow, sleet and gale force winds battered the UK as temperatures plummeted over the weekend.
    After basking in glorious sunshine throughout recent weeks, the country is now bracing itself for a spell of wintry weather as spring looks to be put on hold.
    In Northern Ireland last night, the mercury dropped to a face-numbing -8C (17.6F), making it one of the coldest April nights on record.
    And experts warned the bad weather will last into next month, meaning those hoping to enjoy a spot of sunshine on the May bank holiday weekend will be disappointed.