Coldest May in 25 years forecast in bitter -5C revenge of winter weather

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An unwelcome return of ice and snow to is set to derail spring this year, according to new forecasts.

Temperatures dipped down to 2C overnight in parts of Oxfordshire and the Midlands on Monday night, with the chilly weather feature expected to dominate the UK into next week — making the UK colder than Sweden.

Southern areas are forecast to watch the mercury plunge to -2C overnight in the first few days of May, while northern areas will experience biting lows of -5C, according to the Evening Standard.

The long 'revenge' of wintry weather means the nation could experience its coldest May since 1997 only days after basking in an Easter bank holiday 'mini-heatwave'.

Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of Weather Trending predicted: “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 wintry showers are not ruled out later in the week, most likely on higher ground in the North.”

A Met Office forecaster has meanwhile predicted a phase of dry but cold weather, saying: “North-easterly winds will bring cooler air, with chilly nights and widespread frosts possible.

“Temperatures are slightly below or near normal into the start of May, with mainly dry conditions this week but showers possible in the North."

The Met Office's long range weather forecast from Saturday 30 April to Monday 9 May reads: "Daytime temperatures will remain near normal or slightly above, but colder nights, mainly in the south could see some patchy frost in sheltered rural areas.

"Moving through the middle and later part of this period there is a risk of more unsettled conditions bringing spells of rain, mainly to the north and west, with patchy showers at times mainly in the east, and potentially some cooler air for a time."

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