The lowest Easter temperature in recorded history across the United Kingdom occurred in Braemar, Scotland, as the temperatures fell to -12.5 C (9.5 F) Sunday. This broke the previous record of -9.8 C (14.4 F) set in 1986, according the the Met Office.
Meanwhile, the low temperature fell to -2.8 C (27 F) in London, well below the normal low of 3.9 C (39.0 F).
The cold comes as no surprise to anyone in the United Kingdom as March has been very cold with frequent snow. The Met Office reported through March 26 that the average temperature across the entire United Kingdom was 2.5-3.0 C below normal, on pace to be the coldest March since 1962.
This is a dramatic change from last March which brought unseasonable warmth. The average temperature in London during March 2012 was 3.2 C (5.8 F) above normal while this March, through the first 30 days, is averaging 2.5 C (4.4 F) below normal.
Snow covered much of the United Kingdom during the final week of March this year, contrasting with little or no snow cover during the same time period just a year ago.
This current streak of cold weather is in no hurry to exit the region as a large area of high pressure to the northeast will continue to push unseasonable cold across the entire United Kingdom into next weekend.
The punches just keep coming from Old Man Winter as another storm with snow may sweep from the Midwest this weekend into the Northeast by Groundhog Day.
An Alberta Clipper will bring a fresh wave of snow to the Northeast for the end of the week.
As it became obvious on Saturday that a major blizzard was going to hit the Northeast, the track and size of the storm became critical as to which areas would be hit the hardest.
The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will take center stage on Sunday, Feb. 1, as Super Bowl kicks off in Glendale, Arizona.
The same storm opening the door for snow showers to stream across the United Kingdom and Ireland will impact southern Europe late in the week.
Watching somebody shivering on television can induce the same type of physiological response as braving the icy elements in person, according to research conducted by scientists at the University of Sussex.
Mid Atlantic (1993)
Temperatures across VA & MD rise 20-25 degrees in an hour with warm frontal passage.
Oshtemo, MI (1997)
115" of snow so far this season - new seasonal record.
New York City (1780)
Reported temperature of minus 16 degrees; heavy guns brought over ice of Upper Bay from Manhattan to Staten Island.