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If you’ve just put an order in for thermal underwear and mittens, you’re going to be gutted. The rest of us can sigh with relief, turn down the thermostat and get down the clothes box marked ‘Summer’. Last week’s -5 London temperatures are set to be replaced by… a heatwave!

With national mercury readings as low as -21 degrees and London’s lowest temp falling to -5 it’s safe to say that the last fortnight has been brrrrreally freezing. From snowmen on the common to wearing three woollen layers indoors, Beast From The East Two’s only redeeming feature has been the fact we’re all WFH (Working in Front of a Heater…)

But summer’s coming! And about four months before that, temperatures of 15 and 17 degrees are coming! This weekend is set to be the hottest of the year and you might even decide to remove your scarf and swap your fleece lined skiing mitts for some fingerless gloves.

Today we hit double figures, passing 10 degrees...

From minus-five that’s an increase of 21 degrees in days. And you can probably already sense the change, as today we hit double figures, passing 10 degrees, and it’s only just started…

A Met Office spokesman, Oli Claydon, explained “In terms of the big temperature swings, you are probably looking at areas predominantly on the east coast where we saw lying snow last week and the temperatures were kept very low”

In terms of the big temperature swings, you are probably looking at areas predominantly on the east coast where we saw lying snow last week...

β€œIt depends a little bit on what happens if that air does get drawn up from the South and also timings of the clouds, if they clear at the right time and you get a little bit of sunshine through to help those temperatures out a little bit.”

And such wild temperatures are to be expected, with Claydon adding “Obviously, we are an island nation on the outskirts of the continent of Europe, so we are subject to very variable weather conditions and those changes can happen quite quickly.”

But maybe don’t vacuum pack that duffle coat just yet. While the temperate climate is likely to last for the next few weeks, the long-range weather forecast from the Met Office isn’t quite so rosy.

It might actually snow again next month…


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