UK Weather: Britain Has Coldest Spring For 50 Years, Say Met Office

30/05/2013 13:32 BST | Updated 30/05/2013 13:33 BST
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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 23: A police officer stands in a hail storm close to a crime scene where a Soldier from Wellington Barracks was killed yesterday, on May 23, 2013 in London, England. A British soldier was murdered by suspected Islamists near London's Woolwich Army Barracks yesterday in a savage knife attack. British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that the 'appalling' attack appeared to be terror related. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Britain has endured the coldest spring for more than 50 years with the mean temperature at a measly 6C, the Met Office has confirmed.

That's nearly two degrees lower than the long term-average of 7.7 °C and would make this the 5th coldest spring since records began and the coldest spring since 1962.

Apparently it's Northern Europe that's to blame, with the Met Office saying our goosebumps are down to easterly and northerly winds which have brought cold air to the UK from polar and northern European regions.

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It's been a wet and miserable spring

May is already wetter than average, having notched up 86mm of rain up to the 28th of the month, which is higher than the 70mm average.

It's warming up over the next couple of days though, with temperatures climbing to 21C by Monday and sunshine breaking through the clouds.

It won't be as hot as the bank holiday though, so don't bother dragging the barbecue back out yet!