Snow covers a vehicle in Aviemore, Scotland, UK, 25 April 2017 (BBC Weather)
Arctic air has enveloped the United Kingdom with heavy snow in Scotland and northern England and near freezing temperatures as far south as London.
Forecasters say snow in late April is not uncommon and actually fell over parts of the country around the same time last year.
Temperatures struggled to reach 10 C today after a hard frost early this morning.
This cold snap is a far cry from record breaking heat earlier this month when the thermometer climbed to 26 C in southern England and a mild March which was the fifth warmest ever for the U.K.
Snow melting in Riverview, 24 Feb 2017 (Dearing)
Mild temperatures have been melting lots of snow in Southeast New Brunswick this week.
Greater Moncton now has about 50 cm on the ground compared to more than 110 cm only a week ago.
The daytime high climbed to 11.5 C at the airport on Friday but a private weather station recorded a maximum of 14.6 C at Jones Lake.
Environment Canada is forecasting the warmth to continue for the next few days with a sudden cold snap expected to arrive later in the week.
Courtesy The Weather Network
The wind chill was so bitterly cold in Greater Moncton early this morning, it felt more like -35 as the temperature fell to -22 C.
However, the Arctic blast will be short-lived as a Colorado Low approaches the Maritimes with snow, rain and milder temperatures.
Environment Canada is forecasting highs of 8 C by later this week in Southeast New Brunswick.
But by the weekend, temperatures will plummet once again with a low of -16 C expected by early Saturday morning.
A view of Percé Rock, Quebec, 09 July 2016 (Dearing)
Some claimed it was time to haul out the parkas again after five straight days with daytime highs failing to reach 20 C in Greater Moncton.
Keep in mind the average early July high is 25 C and recent daily maximums were barely climbing to 15 C.
Data shows this has been the coolest stretch in July in many years.
But grey skies are finally clearing and Environment Canada is forecasting highs at or slightly above normal over the next few days.
(Courtesy City of Moncton, 06 Jan 2016)
Temperatures seldom stay below freezing for more than a few days at a time during winter in Southeast New Brunswick.
The first cold snap of the season is no exception.
Greater Moncton dipped to -20.9 C early yesterday which was still well below the record of -30.5 C from 1981.
The thermometer dipped even lower in Edmundston at -28.3 C.
But Environment Canada says temperatures will gradually climb above freezing by this weekend with rain possible early next week.
High waves at Welsh Cove along Bay of Fundy, 31 Jan 2013 (TWN)
For the first time since last June, the average monthly temperature in Greater Moncton in January was not above normal but simply normal.
Generally speaking, overnight lows were very cold especially during the beginning and latter parts of the month when the thermometer dipped close to -20°C or lower.
Temperatures were below freezing for nine straight days during a prolonged cold snap from 21-29 January with well-above normal temperatures during the last two days helping to boost the monthly average.
Precipitation was well-below normal with only a quarter of the average rainfall and a little more than one-third the average snowfall for the month.
JANUARY 2013 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport)
Average HIGH -3.7°C
Average LOW -13.8°C
AVERAGE -8.8°C (near average)
Extreme HIGH 14.1°C (31 Jan)
Extreme LOW -23.2°C (24 Jan)
Rainfall 10 mm (approximately; about one-quarter of normal)
Snowfall 33.5 cm (approximately; less than half of normal)
(Data courtesy Environment Canada and wunderground)
Icy oranges in Redlands, CA, USA, 15 Jan 2013 (AP)
The cold spell in California may be coming to an end but citrus growers say crops in the state have been damaged by temperatures that have dipped to as a low as -5 C during the past few nights.
The mandarin orange crop has been especially hard hit.
Even the major cities have been unusually cold with downtown Los Angeles dropping to near freezing on Monday morning setting a new record.
Farmers in neighbouring Arizona are also reporting losses especially to lettuce crops and prices are predicted to soar as a result.