Snow drifts into South West as warm spell vanishes
Snow fell across parts of Devon and Cornwall yesterday as wintry conditions drifted south from Scotland.
Cold and wet weather continued to sweep across the South West, bringing a scattering of snow in upland areas including Dartmoor and Exmoor.
This week’s wintry snap has come in stark contrast to the recent warm weather. Last week the region basked in sunshine and unseasonably warm weather which saw
temperatures climb above 20C (68F) – more than ten degrees higher than the average for the time of year.
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But temperatures have plummeted below freezing in recent days, with outbreaks of heavy rain dampening the early signs of summer.
Met Office forecaster Helen Chivers said the “changeable” weather – fluctuating between summery and wintry – was not unexpected.
“The sun is higher in the sky, which means it warms up the land quicker,” she said. “But cold air is still coming in from the Atlantic.”
Brighter weather is due to return today(Thursday), but temperatures are barely expected to reach 10C (50F).
Over the next few days the weather is expected to be unsettled, with more rain predicted by the end of the weekend and into next week.
“The weekend is looking changeable,” Ms Chivers said. “Temperatures will be higher, but we won’t be basking in the sunshine. On Sunday and into Monday some rain will come in from the west.