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.
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The North Pole climbs above freezing, deadly tornadoes strike Texas, extreme heat bakes Australia and historic floods hit Britain and the American Midwest – the world is filled with extreme weather as it welcomes 2016.
A powerful and destructive North Atlantic low-pressure system brought eastern Canada an unusually warm holiday period, climbing to a spring-like 16°C in Montreal on Christmas Eve.
This was followed by heavy snow from Ontario to the Maritimes.
In the United States, tornadoes and floods left almost 50 dead.
The mighty Mississippi River has already exceeded overflow levels by four metres in some areas.
Scientists say the common cause of these events is a strong El Nino, a weather phenomenon which emerges every few years on average.
Record rainfall has brought unprecedented flooding to England and Scotland and Britain’s mean December temperature was a record-breaking 8°C, smashing the previous high of 6.9°C set in 1934.
With El Nino showing little sign of running out of steam, many scientists say 2016 could be even warmer than 2015.
Waves crash the seawall at Dawlish in Devon, England, 28 October 2013 (Reuters)
Hurricane strength winds battered Britain, northern France, the Netherlands and Scandinavia on Monday, cutting power and hampering air and rail travel.
Gusts of up to 160 km/h lashed southern England and Wales – the worst in a decade according to forecasters.
Thousands of London commuters were stuck at home after train and Tube lines were forced shut by toppled trees and power failures.
Reports say more than a dozen people have been killed so far in the powerful autumn storm.
Snowy in Cargan, Northern Ireland, UK, 25 March 2013 (Reuters)
Heavy snow – as much as 30 cm or more – has blanketed parts of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and northern England paralyzing travel.
A military helicopter was brought in to aid farms and families who were stranded in the unusual spring snowfall.
Many homes are still without power for a fifth straight day.
London has so far escaped the heavy snow but temperatures remain below freezing.
Snow being shoveled in Brighton, England, UK, 12 March 2013 (Reuters)
Snow and freezing conditions disrupted various forms of travel across Western Europe today.
Eurostar train service between London and Paris was halted and plows couldn’t keep up with the snow at Frankfurt Airport where hundreds of flights were cancelled.
Forecasters say the snow was the result of cold air from Russia colliding with a low pressure system over northern France.
Motorists were also stuck in their cars in southern England where as much as 15 cm of snow fell.
Snow in central London, 18 Jan 2013 (BBC)
Snow fell in southern England and Wales yesterday cancelling flights out of Heathrow and Gatwick airports, disrupting trains and causing delays for motorists.
According to the UK Met Office, temperatures are expected to be near or just below freezing throughout the weekend which means the snow will likely stick around for a while.
Higher elevations could see as much as 30 cm of snow while London was expecting about 10 cm.
Snow also fell in northern France with Paris also picking up as much as 10 cm.
Firefighters clear snow Bucharest, Romania, 05 Feb 2012 (Reuters photo)
Frigid temperatures, which have plummeted to -30 C and lower in parts of Eastern Europe including Ukraine, have lead to the deaths of more than 130 people.
The lingering cold spell is the worst in at least six years with many of those who have died being homeless.
Snow lovers are basking in Sarajevo where a record 107 cm has fallen.
Meantime, about 15 cm of snow has fallen in parts of England and temperatures dropped to -10 C with travel disrupted in London.
A coating of snow was also reported in Paris with more to come in northern France.
Saltcoats, Scotland, UK, 08 Dec 2011 (Rutherford photo)
Stormy weather is expected to continue across England and Wales this week while parts of Scotland have been issued snowfall warnings.
Strong winds brought down trees and power lines on Monday night as gusts reached 110 km/h in southern England.
The UK Met Office warned that snow could fall on higher ground in parts of central and northern Britain.
The unsettled weather follows storms last week which left thousands of homes without electricity and led to widespread school closures.
Brighton, England, UK, 01 October 2011
Temperatures seldom reach 30 C in the United Kingdom in July let alone early October but it did happen yesterday.
The record for Britain’s hottest October day was broken Saturday as temperatures reached 29.9 C in Gravesend, southeast England.
Britain has been enjoying an unseasonable autumn heatwave over the past week as a southerly wind brought warm air northwards taking temperatures higher than in Athens, Barcelona and Los Angeles.
Beaches along the English southern coast were packed with daytrippers making the most of the good weather.
The Royal Horticultural Society said strawberries and rhododendrons were among the plants seen blooming at its flagship garden in Surrey, southeast England, when they were not expected to flower again until next spring.