Saturday, May 5th 2012, 6:32 AM EDT
THE bitter Bank Holiday weather could last for weeks, forecasters warned last night.
Icy winds will send temperatures plunging today before torrential rain returns next week.
This weekend looks set to be the coldest start to May for more than 70 years and the Met men say the miserable weather, more like winter than spring, could drag on until June.
It is a stark contrast to this time last year when crowds flocked to parks and beaches as the mercury soared to 77F (25C) and farmers with parched fields were praying for rain.
Yesterday’s forecast was very different – weeks of snow, harsh frosts and heavy rain. Temperatures could hit the lowest ever recorded for May with freezing gusts from the North Pole making it feel like a chilly -9C.
It is likely to be colder than the Arctic with Honningsvag, Norway, the most northerly village in Europe, falling to just 0C overnight.
The last time it was this cold here was on May 4, 1941, when the temperature fell to -8.9C in Braemar, Scotland.
Jonathan Powell, of Vantage Weather Services, said: “It is difficult to believe we are a few weeks away from midsummer. It is going to feel more akin to the end of November.
“We are looking at a bitterly cold weekend and Bank Holiday with temperatures woefully shy of where they should be for the time of year.
“Bracing Arctic winds are going to flood in from the North and this is going to continue throughout May.”...
....“Things will start to return to normal by the beginning of June.” Piers Corbyn, of WeatherAction, said Britain was in the grip of what could turn out to be the coldest May for 100 years.
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