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Coldest Spring in UK for More Than 50 Years

June 4, 2013; 6:34 AM ET

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.

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