A walk in snow-covered Greater London's Hampstead Heath, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
The first widespread snowfall of the winter has whitened greater London and much of the U.K.
The U.K. Met Office warned of up to 10 cm of snowfall on Monday, with temperatures as low as 10 degrees below zero C at night.
A few disruptions to driving, flights and schools were already reported as of Monday in Scotland and northern England, the BBC News website said.
Snow depths of up to 5 cm were already widely observed over much of eastern and northern England through eastern Scotland as of midday, data accessed by AccuWeather.com showed.
Met Office forecasters also warned of icing on roadways over western U.K. and northern Ireland late Monday into Tuesday.
The cold snap fostering the snow will last through the week, affording more opportunities for snowfall across the U.K. A weather system forecast to cross the British Archipelago Thursday night through Friday could give widespread snow, for example.
The last significant snowfall to lay in London whitened the city early in first half of last February. Snowfall of 3.3 inches was spread over four days between the 4th and the 10th, the database of AccuWeather.com showed.
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!