Snow in late April, more common than you may think

Official blog of the Met Office news team

This week many places have seen the type of weather you may usually associate with winter than late April, with wintry showers observed as far south as southern counties of England. However, snow at this time of year is not as unusual as you might expect.

Based on records from 1981 to 2010 the UK average is for 2.3 days of snow in April, which is more than the 1.7 days for an average November. Whilst the beginning of April is more likely to be white than the end of the month, there have been a number of notable snow events this late on.

SnowFall_Average_1981-2010_4 Map showing average number of days with snow/sleet falling in April

Perhaps the most outstanding April snow event occurred in 1981 when there was significant snowfall from the 24th to the 28th. On 25 April over 30cm of snow was recorded over the high ground of…

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