Britain braces for snow in May with temperatures as low as MINUS SIX

Families will shiver through trips ruined by bitter northerly winds and temperatures plunging as low as -6C

mirror.co.uk | May 6, 2012

ARCTIC blasts will bring snow, sleet and freezing cold to the upcoming Bank Holiday break, forecasters predict.

Families will shiver through trips ruined by bitter northerly winds and temperatures plunging as low as -6C.

Snow could fall in northern England and the Scottish Highlands, while frost will cover the rest of the country.

James Madden, of Exacta Weather, said: “Temperatures will fall to well below average, resulting in extensive frosts and wintry showers.

“Some of these showers will fall as sleet and snow and significant snowfall is likely, esp­ecially on higher ground.”

A Netweather spokesman added: “We could see temperatures drop in one or two spots to -5C or -6C.”

The lowest May temperatures on record is -9.4C in Lynford, Norfolk, in 1941.

Saturday and Sunday are expected to be the coldest days with Monday warming up a little.

Britain has suffered extraordinary extremes of weather recently with a mini heatwave in March followed by the wettest April on record.

The heavy rainfall will continue today with downpours expected in the South and Wales which could see half the average month’s worth of rain, two inches, fall on parts of the country.

Normally warm Atlantic air heats the UK in May, but this is being forced out by freezing air from the Arctic and Scandinavia causing the cold snap.

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