From the Daily Torygraph
Up to three inches’ snow fell over the Highlands on Thursday after -5C overnight lows on Cairngorm, with lunchtime temperatures of 4C in parts of Scotland and 6-8C in the North.
MeteoGroup forecaster Nick Prebble said: “Umbrellas have been needed through an unsettled week, with below-average temperatures in the North.”
The North will be colder on Friday at 5-7C, with two inches more snow due in Scotland’s Highlands.
Met Office forecaster Charlie Powell said: “Sleet and snow were reported across Scottish mountains. There will be a north-south divide until next week, with the North drier and the South cloudier with rain but higher temperatures.”
The mercury is colder than February’s usual 7C highs, and up to 10C colder than May’s normal 16C peaks.
The Midlands will this weekend be 9C colder than the 18.7C at Coleshill, Birmingham, on February 23.
Britain claimed a Polar double two weeks from summer as the country is colder than the Arctic and even the Antarctic – where it is winter.
The Arctic town of Berlevag – one of Europe’s most northerly settlements, on the northern tip of Norway – hit 16C yesterday
On Wednesday, temperatures fell to -5C in Scotland and -1C in Dorset, lower than the San Martin Antarctic research station, which – despite only three hours’ sunlight – fell to only 1C overnight.
The Met Office said the South would reach 19C next week but predicted “unsettled, changeable” weather until at least June 14, meaning showers could dampen Diamond Jubilee celebrations from June 3-5.
Forecasters say the chilly spring washout is due to warm high-altitude Atlantic jet stream winds swinging south – delivering a heatwave to southern Europe while Britain is hit by soggy low pressure and cold air from the Arctic.