The U.K. registered its chilliest spring in more than 50 years, the U.K. Met Office said on its website last week. Spring is defined as the three months of March, April and May.
According to preliminary data not including the last three days of May, it was the coldest spring since 1962 and the fifth coldest since 1910, when comprehensive record keeping began in the U.K.
The unusual chill was underpinned by exceptional in March, a month in which average U.K. temperature was 6 degrees C (42.8 degrees F), which was 3.3 degrees C (5.9 degrees F) below normal. It was the coldest month of March since 1962.
While April was only slightly below average, May was on track to be the coolest since 1996, the Met Office said, having a preliminary average temperature of 9.3 degrees C (48.7 degrees F) -- 1.1 degrees C (2.0 degrees F) below normal.
As for rainfall, it was actually below normal during March and April, then above average in May. Overall, the three spring months were thought to be "slightly drier than average," the Met Office said.
A flashback to the severe cold and snow of March 2013, when parts of the U.K. were struggling to dig out, following heavy snowfalls and drifting. This scene was taken March 27 on a rural road near Colne in northern England. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
The month of March was notorious for its harsh cold and severe snowstorms. Deep, drifted snow isolated some rural and small-town dwellers in hilly areas of northern England, Wales, Northern Ireland and southwestern Scotland during the latter half of the month.
The plum rains are known as "meiyu" in China, the "baiyu" or "tsuyu" in Japan, and the "jangma" in the Koreas. The heart of the plum rain season stretches from early June to mid-July, with a tendency to shift south to north across the affected area.
In the wake of the mid-June cloudbursts, most of Pakistan to northwestern India last week saw a return to dry, hot weather typical of the weeks leading up to the Monsoon onset. It was as if the Monsoon withdrew to its "normal" position for the latter half of June.
The 38.5 degree C (101 degrees F) reading Tuesday in Ajaccio, Corsica, may have been tops in Europe.
Monsoon Onset was June 13th, 2013, in Delhi, almost two weeks earlier than average. The June 15th onset at Karachi and Islamabad was more like three week ahead of schedule.
In Pakistan, hit-or-miss downpours missed the Sindh capital, Karachi. One did hit Pad Idan, where it left 60 mm of rain Wednesday. This was more than 20 times greater than the normal June rainfall.
It is still possible that this scenario is over wrought as to the intensity and spread of rain in Pakistan and northwestern India. However, it is the hunch of the present forecaster that some very unusual weather is going to unfold in the Subcontinent during the next week!