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UK records coldest spring in 50 years

Late snowfall in some parts of the UK has severely hurt farmers

Late snowfall in some parts of the UK has severely hurt farmers

Digital writers

Monday, June 3, 2013, 11:21 AM - The official start of summer is still a few weeks away but already the UK's Meteorological Office has declared the spring of 2013 the coldest in 50 years.

Below average temperatures during the months of March, April, and May made this year's spring the coldest since 1962. 

The weather was a pain for people hoping to enjoy some sunshine but it was even worse for farmers. 

Late snowfall was a major reason for the death of numerous livestock while farmers could not plant crops on time. 

According to the MET Office, the average temperature over the 3-month period came in at 6.0C, a massive 1.8C, or nearly 25 per cent lower than normal.  

One reason for the colder than normal temperatures has been the jet stream, which wedged further south than normal. 

Since records began in 1910, this spring is the fifth coldest. 

Many areas suffered from a drought in March and April but May was wetter than usual. 

Fortunately, the next week is supposed to be warm and sunny. 

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