Weather Predictions For This Year
After dreadful weather over the Easter break we are now being told that the miserable spring will last for weeks as summer is put on hold.
April will bring shivering temperatures, rain, sleet and even snow with early forecasts for May no better.
Forecasters said up to four inches of snow could fall in parts of Scotland with downpours expected as far south as the Midlands. But persistent drizzle in the South will not make a dent in the drought crisis.
The gloomy prediction comes as the country this week prepares for another icy blast that will send temperatures plunging to -5C (23F).
April is looking like a very mixed cool month, and we are not going to come out of that, even as we edge into May. Summer is without question on hold. Farmers and water companies will welcome any rain as the South suffers its worst drought for 124 years. Hosepipe bans are set to remain in place until the winter.
Any rainfall during the summer is unlikely to restore reservoir, river and underground water supplies – at their lowest for 30 years.
The Environment Agency said rivers are at similar levels to 1976, a year of severe drought.
Despite the run-up to summer likely to be a damp squib, long-range forecasters say London could be in for a scorcher in July and August.
Royal weatherman David King, who helped plan Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton last year, said: “The second week of the Olympics in particular will be a scorcher.
“If you think we’ve got a drought now, wait until the end of July. Once we have got rid of Wimbledon – which will be rainy as usual – we are going to have a walloping July.”
“Let’s hope we get some of the good weather that is predicted for the South, although we don’t want a drought some warm weather would be nice” says Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire.