Could this be the coldest May for 300 years?

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Could this be the coldest May for 300 years?PA


Weather experts are saying it is possible this could be the coldest May for 300 years.

The average Central England temperature this month is 8.6C, 1.6C below normal, reports the Metro.

And it appears experts are also predicting more showers, possibly even stretching into the Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend at the beginning of June.

Severe weather warnings have been issued in the south west, with 50mph winds expected over the next few days, as well as a month's worth of rain in 24 hours.

Bookies William Hill are offering a 4/1 odds on a Jubilee washout, although it is, surely, a little too early to tell.

Following weeks of miserable rain, however, Brits obviously don't have much faith in the weather - as holiday bookings abroad for the Diamond Jubilee weekend are soaring.

Brits fed up of the washout weather are looking to cheer themselves up on the first weekend of June with a trip to sunnier climes, according to Thomas Cook, who has seen a 27% increase in foreign holiday searches with popular alternative destinations including Tunisia and Egypt.

According to the Daily Mail, Gillian Edwards, from travel association ABTA, said: "We do seem to have seen this rise in demand.

"People have just been reminded over the last two weeks that you really can't rely on the British weather."

The rise in strength of the pound against the euro is also attracting British holidaymakers.

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