As the UK prepares for unseasonably cold weather, elsewhere around the globe we are seeing heatwaves, droughts, tropical storms and rainfall.
This is helping to build high pressure in the North Atlantic which is expected to remain slow moving this weekend and next week, allowing for a prolonged spell of northerly winds that will bring Arctic air south across the United Kingdom.
Meanwhile record April temperatures have been reached in Washington State, USA, and British Colombia, Canada, in recent days. Seattle recorded its warmest April temperature on Monday at 32 C (89 F). This was one of 3 consecutive days to see temperatures in excess of 27 C (80 F), the previous April record was 25 C (77 F), set back in 1962.
The record temperatures are one of the factors behind a very early start to the wildfire season in British Columbia which has destroyed homes and caused disruption on some highways in the north of the province.
Elsewhere, Tropical Cyclone Fantala is 250 miles NE of Madagascar and there is a risk of heavy rains which could cause flooding across the far north of Madagascar and some minor, sparsely populated islands as it tracks westwards this weekend.
There is also a tropical storm named Amos in the SW Pacific (between Fiji and Samoa). This is likely to strengthen further during the next few days, with a risk of the system attaining hurricane force winds by the weekend. As well as the strong winds, very heavy rainfall is expected with up to 500mm in a 24 hour period possible. The Samoan Islands look to be at risk of strong winds and flooding impacts from this weekend.