What happened when it snowed in London in the middle of summer

There’s been a lot of talk of snow recently.

Rightly snow, we are heading into winter after all.

And with the first predictions for when snow will fall this year already in, everyone will be prepared with their woollen gloves, winter coats and hot chocolate.

You’re probably less likely to have these around in summer though.

But what happens if it snows in summer?

Would you ever expect to need your woolly hat and gloves in summer!? (Image: Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

You might be thinking it’s impossible, but snow has been recorded in London in summer before.

When did it snow?

The last time it snowed in London was not during an Ice Age.

It was, in fact, not all that long ago – on June 2, 1975.

You may not believe it, but London saw snow in June back in 1975 (Image: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)

It was the first time in almost 100 years that snow had reached so far south at that time of year.

The last recording before then was 1888.

What happened?

Normally you expect to enjoy a cricket match in relatively good weather, enabling you to sip your Pimms and wear summery clothes.

Not on June 2, 1975.

Several matches were called off, including the one between Essex and Kent at Castle Park in Colchester.

Londoners may have been planning to watch it but it was well and truly called off.

What do the records say?

Met Office records said June 2 was “a cold day for the beginning of June everywhere with temperatures well below the seasonable average”.

It added that “some of the showers were wintry in nature with sleet and snow” and “snow showers were reported as far south as the London area”.

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Here’s hoping that snow sticks to winter from now on.

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