The climate within the UK this yr has felt considerably like Narnia: at all times winter, however by no means spring.
May financial institution holidays routinely immediate entrance web page photographs of Brighton seashore, the group sunblock-slicked and pink.
But this hasn’t been the case this yr. Instead, royal followers huddled below umbrellas alongside The Mall for the King’s coronation.
Spring has been, within the phrases of the Met Office, “notably dull”. It began with the wettest March in 40 years – the third wettest on report.
England was doused with 104% extra rain than traditional and the UK had a “duller than average” month by way of sunshine hours.
Clouds over the south and west of the nation meant Devon, Somerset, Hampshire and Wiltshire had their dullest March on report.
Scotland was brighter against this – its sunshine hours have been nearer to common and rainfall was solely up 4%.
Then got here April, when spring once more didn’t spring.
“Little in the way of consistent warmth” was the Met Office’s approach of placing it, with wintry showers and a chilly snap on the finish of the month. There was a short reprieve mid-month earlier than the winter coats made a reappearance.
So why has the climate been so depressing?
The international climate patterns give us a sign, in line with Met Office spokesperson Stephen Dixon.
The UK has been positioned between excessive strain programs positioned over southern continental Europe and the far east of Europe.
As these excessive strain programs interacted, they created intervals of “cool, cloudy and wet conditions for the UK”, Mr Dixon mentioned.
“These have generally either swept in from the Atlantic or slipped between the high pressure systems to reach the UK.”
The sea has additionally been hotter than traditional, which has “provided the necessary fuel for cloud to develop”.
“There’s still some time to go so it’s too early to be suggesting where it might end up in terms of records,” he mentioned.
One factor was sure although: “It has been much duller than average so far.”