Snow in April? In the U.K.? One would have thought that this was some kind of a bad April Fool's Day joke. But it wasn't the case when we experienced snow showers on the 1st, and the 4th of April in London, and across most parts of Britain. Though British Summer Time (BST) has officially arrived, however it still feels more like winter in the U.K. with windy and bone chilling weather all around. At this time of the year usually one is expected to be surrounded with warmer spring weather here in the U.K. with average temperatures of around 11 degrees Celsius. However, as I sit here, rubbing my bone chilling hands to warm up as much as I could; I am experiencing a climate that is behaving rather unusually. It was officially the coldest March in 50 years and according to the Meteorological office, Britons face more unseasonably cold weather as winds, frost, snow and ice continue to linger even now in April. Seeing snowfall and such cold weather in April in most parts of Europe is actually nothing new, and it has happened in the past (though not common). I recall that in the middle of April in 1999 it snowed on the first day of a county cricket match (the occurrence was documented by the media). While the country continues to plough through one of the coldest starts to spring ever recorded, the topic on everyone’s lips is undoubtedly the weather, and how well are we prepared to handle it. Let's hope for a warmer, if not scorching hot, summer ahead in 2013.
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