WEATHER REPORT by Ian Currie
ON THURSDAY and Friday I expect sunny intervals in Mole Valley and some showers and there will be a cool north-west wind developing. One or two of the showers could be heavy with hail. The weekend should be drier and brighter than of late with a lighter breeze as high-pressure moves towards us. By Sunday the temperature should reach average values up to 15C to 16C. But watch out for a possible touch of frost at night, especially in our prone valleys like Westhumble.
The dry weather may be short-lived with further rain or showers by midweek.
Last weekend felt more like January and it was several degrees colder than last Christmas. The temperature did not rise much above 7C on the higher parts of the North Downs at Boxhill, and Headley and the far south-east of Surrey was the coldest part of the UK on Sunday, struggling to reach even 5C.
Mind you, there has been an even colder May day in the past. At the end of May 2007 – on the Whit Bank Holiday – the temperature was just 4C at Headley and Boxhill mid-afternoon and it rained all day. Another very cold day in May was back in 1979 when early in the morning of the 2nd, snow covered the North Downs with a little lying on lower ground in places. I for one will not be "casting my clout 'til May be out" just yet especially as the blossom of the hawthorn hedge in my garden is still firmly closed
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