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Northern Irleand wraps up for one of coldest May Days... and it’ll stay chilly

 

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Mark Bain

By Mark Bain

Widespread freezing temperatures on Sunday night saw Northern Ireland shiver through one of the chilliest May Day bank holidays on record.

It was quite a contrast to the record-breaking highs of Easter weekend when a new warmest temperature was set, as Armagh baked in a glorious 22.3C on Easter Saturday.

The Met Office confirmed the lowest temperature on Sunday night was -4C, recorded at Katesbridge, Co Down.

Across the UK temperatures dipped as low as -4.3C (24F) as icy Arctic air flowed southwards, leaving northern areas with patches of frost and some sleet over high ground in Scotland.

The lowest ever recorded temperature for the early May bank holiday Monday was -5.9C (21.4F) on May 7, 2012 at Kinbrace in Sutherland.

Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge said: "We've been stuck between high pressure to the west of us and low pressure to the east, which is giving us northerly winds - it's drawing air straight down from the Arctic.

"Monday was fairly chilly during the day, below average for the time of year, but it didn't feel too cold thanks to the light winds.

"Today there is a band of showery rain that's going to slowly move its way from Scotland southwards through parts of Northern Ireland."

The rest of this week looks set to remain chilly as a brisk breeze will see temperatures struggle to reach double figures.

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