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18th Sep 2022

First snow of the season falls as temperatures drop to -1.7°C

April Curtin

Boulders and rocks on the summit of Ben Macdui with snow-covered mountain ridge in the background stock photo

See ya later summer

Snow has fallen for the first time this season, as temperatures plunge across the UK, and Brits wave goodbye to a dangerously hot summer.

A white dusting was said to have settled on the High Cairngorms mountain range in Scotland on Friday morning, with patches reported on the Ben Macdui and Braeriach mountains, The National reports. The last significant snowfall there was 6cm on April 6.

The Snow Forecast said 1cm of snow is likely to have fallen in the Cairngorms between Monday, September 12 and Sunday, September 18. Snowy weather is not likely in the Cairngorms in the middle of September, but Ben Macdui, the highest in the mountain range and second-highest in Scotland after Ben Nevis, is often the most likely place to be able to see the first snow

It was less than two months ago that the UK suffered a red weather warning, and recorded its hottest ever temperature of 40.3C in Coningsby, Lincolnshire. Met Office has since confirmed that England had its joint hottest summer on record this year, tying with 2018 and recording an average temperature of 17.1C in June, July and August.

Addressing the worrying weather at the time, Met Office scientist Dr Nikos Christidis said: “Climate change has already influenced the likelihood of temperature extremes in the UK. The chances of seeing 40°C days in the UK could be as much as 10 times more likely in the current climate than under a natural climate unaffected by human influence.

“The likelihood of exceeding 40°C anywhere in the UK in a given year has also been rapidly increasing, and, even with current pledges on emissions reductions, such extremes could be taking place every 15 years in the climate of 2100.”

On Sunday, Met Office confirmed that the lowest temperature in the past 24 hours was -1.7C – recorded in Shap, Cumbria.

For the Queen‘s funeral on Monday, the weather forecaster predicts cloudy but dry weather across most parts of the UK, with some brightness.

“Light rain or drizzle affecting northwestern areas, whilst a few showers may develop across England and Wales,” it added.

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