BRITS have shivered through one of the coldest late August bank holidays on record after temperatures plunged to ZERO in some areas overnight.
But the so-called ‘polar plunge’ hasn’t stopped hardy staycationers from making the most of their long weekend.
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The mercury dropped to just 0.6c in Ravensworth, North Yorkshire last night – but less than 60 miles away, in Leeds, revellers donned party dresses to head out on the town.
It would have been Leeds Festival this weekend – and party-goers seemed determined to have fun, despite the cancellation.
Meanwhile, beaches have stayed busy across the weekend, with thousands of holiday-makers putting on hoodies and wet-weather gear to enjoy fleeting moments of sunshine.
In Lyme Regis and Bournemouth, both in Dorset, visitors were even seen taking bracing dips in the sea.
The warmest maximum temperature recorded in the UK yesterday was 19.5c in Plymouth, Devon – and the coldest maximum was just 12.5c, recorded in Shetland, northern Scotland.
The record daytime low of 11.2c for a late bank holiday August in England was recorded in Malham Tarn in northern Yorkshire in 1986.
It’s likely to be around 18c today, with little chance of much sunshine – just a year after Brits basked in 33c record temperatures.
Forecasters say it is significantly colder in the UK – where highs in the late teens are expected – than in Moscow, where temperatures will reach 28c today.
It’s the second day in a row in the UK has been cooler than the Russian capital.
Greg Dewhurst of the Met Office says “high pressure” is responsible for the chill.
“We’ve seen 0.2c overnight in parts of Scotland,” he said.
“The coldest temperature recorded in England was 0.6c, while it was 0.1c in Katesbridge, Northern Ireland.
“That’s cold weather for an August bank holiday.”
However, he said England hasn’t broken its lowest-ever temperature recorded for a bank holiday Monday, which happened when the mercury dropped to 0.2c overnight in 1983.
“It’s been a really chilly start, and the real comparison is with the weather we saw this time last year,” he said.
“We had record temperatures then – it reached 33.2c at Heathrow.
“Today, we’ll be getting to just 18 or 19c there.”
In better news, he said the weather will stay dry before temperatures rise slightly early next week.
“It’ll be more like the average for September, which in London is around 20c to 21c,” he said.
“We’re going into the autumn and the weather will feel like it.”
People in the north of England could see their first grass frost as September arrives next week, he said.
The cool temperatures this weekend follow a week of wild weather as August ends in a washout.
The bank holiday weekend kicked off with power cuts after forecasters warned of thunderstorms.
And ahead of the holiday, Plymouth City Council has been grappling with a “biblical” downpour which saw around three feet of water flooding some areas, leaving main roads underwater.
Tourism chiefs in Cornwall warned the county is ‘full’ after flash flooding – and a spike in visitors – caused traffic mayhem.
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Despite that, bookmaker Coral makes it 2-1 that this September goes on to be the hottest on record.
“We’ve endured some miserable August weather but it’s going to get better.
“We’ve slashed the odds on this September being the hottest ever,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.