Coldest Easter but spring arrives next Sunday

The UK just experienced the coldest Easter Sunday for more than 50 years, with overnight temperatures dipping to below -12C in Scotland. The Met Office confirmed it had registered a temperature of -12.5 in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, in the Scottish Highlands. With modern records dating back to 1960, Sunday’s freezing weather beat the previous record of -9.8, set in 1986.

British summertime came and went on Saturday night with not much change in the temperature  – still around 6c during the day  in SE England with  a biting wind. At least the sun came out on Easter Monday and I managed to get into my garden to enjoy some beautiful spring bulbs.


Good news may be on its way as the Weather Outlook has posted the forecast below and will be updating it during the week. Gardening fingers crossed that we might get some warmth to help our poor gardens and plants  put on some real growth  ready for blooming in May onwards. Also need to plant my veggie seedlings out that are settling in to yet another week in the warmth of my kitchen.

The end of the long spell of cold weather could be approaching.

Note that I’ve said ‘could be’ not ‘is’, because the timing of the transition to milder weather is still uncertain. Nonetheless, a number of computer model runs in the last 24 hours have been pointing towards a break in the current pattern with high pressure to the north of the UK being eroded, and the feed of cold air consequently cut off. It’s not going to happen in the next few days, and during Thursday and Friday this week there’s the chance of snow showers becoming more widespread in the south and east. As we head into the weekend most of the UK will still be under cold air, but by Sunday things become uncertain with growing signs that temperatures will begin returning back towards the seasonal norm. This afternoon’s run of the GFS model shows high pressure collapsing across the UK during the first half of next week, with milder air being pumped up from the south west. Some of the other computer models are showing a similar scenario.”


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