UK: Mid-May Cold Snap is Coming to an End

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It’s hard to believe it’s the middle of May across parts of the UK this week given that snow is falling and temperatures are dropping below zero Celsius. Snow has fallen in parts of northern Britain the past few days with hard frosts occurring as far south as the Home Counties. It’s unusual for this time of year for arctic air to plunge as far southward as it did causing record low temperatures across parts of the UK.

Afternoon temperatures in Fahrenheit across the UK at 1:30pm local time (BST) on Friday, May 14. Image: ImpactWeather

In the Highlands, Altnaharra had the chilliest May morning this week since 1993 as temperatures dropped to 21F. Villagers in Santon Downham, Suffolk, had their coldest morning since 1996 with 24F recorded.

Temperatures this week across Britain hit their lowest for the month of May in the last 17 years. The good news is that it looks like the cold snap is coming to an end. By next week, temperatures will warm up across the region as southwesterly winds make a return. Temperatures are expected to climb into the mid to upper 60’s next week in Santon Downham, while highs in Altnaharra will be near 60 degrees.

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