BRITAIN looks set to be hit by Bank Holiday SNOW today.

Heavy rain is forecast for almost everywhere, but areas as far apart as northern Scotland and East Anglia could turn white.

Temperatures are due to fall to 10°C (50°F), with the Met Office issuing severe weather warnings for East Anglia and the Highlands.

Downpours and flash floods are predicted for Kent and Hampshire.

The Met Office's Robin Downton said: "The air is so cold as Britain is receiving winds from the Arctic."

Beaches in Bournemouth, Dorset, packed this time last year, were deserted as the town got 50mm of rain - its average for the whole of May - in just a few hours.

About 1.9million Brits escaped by flying abroad, said the Association of British Travel Agents.