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Hampshire weather: Russian front could bring coldest May weather ‘in 25 years’

Hampshire weather: Russian front could bring coldest May weather ‘in 25 years’


Sub-zero temperatures are set to hit the UK with a “Russian chill” weather front expected to make it colder than Sweden. Experts predict the 1,000 mile-wide front could make it the coldest May in 25 years.

If they are correct, the front could bring with it icy showers across the north. Despite a scorching 23C Easter heatwave, forecasters said the weather is going “into reverse” from next week, according to TheMirror.

Northerners can expect nights as cold as -5C while down South the temperature could bite as low as -2C. A night falling below 1.8C at Heathrow would be the coldest May temperature at the airport since 1997, according to the Met Office, Sun Online reports.

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Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weather trending said: “The mercury will go into reverse, with a cooler trend to end April. Fresh waves of Arctic air mean a good chance, even across southern Britain, of temperatures falling close to or below freezing.

“One or two winter showers are not ruled out later in the week, most likely on higher ground in the North.”

The sub-zero drop will mean the UK is even colder than Stockholm’s 3C nights, with the freezing forecast set to last seven days into the May Bank Holiday weekend. Consultant meteorologist Matt Hugo said: “Will it be the coldest start to May in quite some time? Northerly weather into early May is gaining traction.”



The mercury will go into reverse, with a cooler trend to end April
The mercury will go into reverse, with a cooler trend to end April

Some may manage to escape the icy blasts, however, with London forecast to enjoy a few days at 17C. Elsewhere, a northeasterly wind-chill will mean highs of 11-16C will feel more like 9-14C.

The plummeting temperatures come just days after Brits were basking in glorious sunshine hotter than Madrid and the Algarve. Brits enjoyed a sunny 18C Sunday (April 24) while the Algarve managed just a showery 17C.

The recent heavy rain in Spain and Portugal has put a dampener on Brits’ holidays after thousands jetted off for an Easter break. But now normality seems set to return for Brits who will be facing chilly nights and possible showers on home turf.

A Met Office forecaster said: “North-easterly winds will bring cooler air, with chilly nights and widespread frosts possible. Temperatures are slightly below or near normal into the beginning of May, with mainly dry conditions this week but showers possible in the North.”

Weather outlook for south east

It will be a bright day to begin with for most. But it is likely to turn cloudier for many throughout the afternoon.

Although largely dry, there will be a few scattered light showers and possibly later in the day.

Winds will be generally light and there will be a maximum temperature of 16C. Overnight there will be a patchy cloud with light winds and clear spells.

This means temperatures could drop into low single digits in place. Expect a minimum temperature of 3C.

Looking ahead to Wednesday, it will be a generally dry day with lighter winds and patchy clouds. Temperatures will remain somewhat cool, especially along the east coast. There is expected to be a maximum temperature of 15C.

From Thursday to Saturday it will be a settled and dry period with sunny spells. Temperatures will be close to average but slightly below. Chilly starts to the day are expected.





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