British summer kicks off with snow flurries

Louise Gray — Telegraph.co.uk May 15, 2013

Wind and rain hit the west of Britain through Tuesday, with local surface flooding in Wales, the west country and the west midlands.

In some areas on high ground like Dartmoor, the wintry showers turned to snow.

Sheila Coates, from Princetown, told BBC Radio Devon: “It’s crazy. When I went to bed last night I couldn’t see out of my front window for the snow.

“I’ve lived here all my life and I’ve never known weather like it at this time of year.”

Two inches of snow also fell in Shropshire overnight and up to three inches of rain in places.

Floods alerts were issued by the Environment Agency for Wales, the South West and the Midlands.

Gales in the South West of up to 65mph brought down trees and caused blackouts.

Western Power Distribution said power cuts had affected nearly 1,800 homes in Penzance, Cornwall.

The winds are expected to die down on Wednesday but the weather will remain wet and cool for this time of year.

Showers are forecast for most of the country with more heavy downpours of up to half an inch in an hour possible, especially in the west of the country and the north. On Friday there is more likely to be showers in the east. On high ground showers could turn wintry.

The temperature will remain a few degrees below normal at around 16 or 17C in the south and 12 to 15C in the north. It will feel even colder in the rain.

Scotland is on alert for floods on Saturday.

The unsettled weather is expected to last into this weekend and half term at the end of next week.

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