The cricket season has just begun here in the UK – usually a sign for people to emerge from winter hibernation and bask in a deckchair in the sun watching a gentle and civilised sporting match, which can go on for four days (and still end in a draw).
But oh dear, die-hard cricket fans are having to huddle together with their overcoats, gloves and hot drinks as we experience the coldest opening to the season for many a year. Groundsmen have had to scrape ice off the covers, which protect the pitches overnight.
Not as bad as April 1999, though, when snow stopped play across the country. And in 1975, snow fell on June 2nd!
Yes, the weather in the UK can certainly be unpredictable. There’s a saying here: “Summer must be coming – the rain’s getting warmer.”
by Andy Moreton