A liberal helping of the traditional April showers is a certainly, with a muddy and soggy Grand National weekend expected.

In fact, flood alerts are in place for eastern parts of England, and even some snow on the way for the North, the Midlands and Scotland.

Funnel clouds formed when cold air meets warm streams have been known to occur during high winds in recent years, although whether these go on to become the speculated tornados has yet to be confirmed.

From a more optimistic point of view the lashings of rain are much needed for areas that have officially been put in drought status due to lack of precipitation during the winter season. However, forecasters predict the rain storms are only likely to stick around for a few days, which is not likely to be enough to solve current problems with water reservations.

The dramatic return to a wintery cold spell follows a warm end to March.

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