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Try not to get caught out by unseasonable April showers

Posted on: April 25, 2017

We are used to April showers in this country but maybe not the wintry ones we are experiencing this week.

From dry April to snowy April
An April shower is typically regarded as a heavy downfall during the month which is a result of the position of the jet stream. In early spring, the jet stream starts to move northwards, allowing large depressions to bring strong winds and rain in from the Atlantic.

But having enjoyed one of the driest Aprils on record, this week we are seeing a new twist to the April shower seeing snow showers instead of rain downpours.

Freezing driving conditions
Freezing temperatures and snow are set to hit Britain with a record late April cold snap this week. Thermometers are due to dip to an incredible minus 7 degrees during the early hours of Thursday beating the minus 6 degrees record low for 27 April set in Moray, Scotland, in 1956.

Heavy snow is forecast in Scotland with sleet and hail on the cards as far south as the Midlands, Wal

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Easter weather - more likely to snow than at Christmas

Posted on: April 12, 2017

After the sensationally warm weather last weekend, what will the long Easter weekend have in store for us? Well actually it looks like most of us are going to enjoy a dry and sunny if cool weekend, with very little chance of extreme weather like snow storms, freezing winds or a deluge of rain.

However, because Easter falls on different dates each year weather can vary wildly. Easter Sunday is calculated as the first Sunday after the first full moon following the Spring Equinox. Since 1960, the earliest Easter was over the weekend of the 22-24 March in 2008 and the latest was in 2011 when Easter fell between the 23-25 April.

If Easter is early, there's a chance that some parts of the country will get snow; in fact, it is more likely to snow at Easter than it is at 
Christmas! 

Snowiest Easter
Easter 1983 - 1-3 April - was the snowiest Easter with Scotland, the Midlands and Kent getting up to 10 cm of snow. Snow has fallen at Easter quite regularly in recent years, even in lowland areas.

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