Monday, July 11, 2011

After the hottest spring in 118 years, forecasters predict the coolest summer in two decades - 11th July 2011

Two mini-heat waves have seen Britain bask in record temperatures.

But Summer, it seems, has been and gone - and it's only July.

Despondent forecasters are predicting a soggy summer that could also be the coldest for 18 years.

And the cool temperatures could spell boredom to hundreds of thousands of school children after a wet start to the Summer holidays was predicted.

Experts from The Met Office said the average central England temperature in June reached just 13.8C (57C) – the coldest since 1991 which managed only 12.1C (54F).

July has so far shown little signs of improvement with overcast conditions and long days of drizzle.

Temperatures have averaged just 15.8C (60F) and forecasters are warning that the rest of the month is unlikely to pick up. That could mean an average Summer temperature of only 15.1C (59F).

The cool temperatures would make this year the coldest summer overall since 1993, which averaged 14.9C (59F) from June to August.

Even though London could struggle up to 25C (77F) today, the mercury in the rest of the country will reach just 16C to 19C (61F-66F).

The cool Summer temperatures are a stark contrast to those earlier this year. Spring – which statistically means March, April and May – saw sizzling temperatures that made it the hottest season for 118 years. Read More