The article by Nathan Rao explained:
Britain is facing the coldest May for a century with winter poised to return, bringing snow and bitter winds.
Parts of the UK are braced for the thermometer to plunge as the cool spring turns even chillier. Worst hit will be the East – although summer will be on hold across the entire country.
The story was based on a forecast from WeatherAction's Piers Corbyn:
He said: "We are making this headline public because of its importance...we last got a very cold May in 1996, but we could have to go back to 1891 to see similar. It is certainly going to be a very cold month in the East, although the West will be milder during the day."
A Met Office analysis of the weather from 1-28 May, published on the 30th, actually revealed:
temperature, rainfall and even sunshine are very close to normal....Mean temperature for 1 to 28 May is 10.1 °C, just 0.1 °C above the long-term average. Sunshine is at 104% of the average with 192 hours, so a little above what we would expect, and rainfall is just below at 90% of the average, or 59.8mm.
a run of dry and fine weather, with some remarkably high temperatures. This included a new maximum May temperature for Scotland...
In all, it has been the longest warm spell in May since 1992.