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Cold Easter cracks UK record


Staff writers
March 31, 2013 — People across the United Kingdom might want to hand out hot bowls of soup instead of Easter eggs as record low temperatures chill the region.


March 2013 is likely to be the fourth coldest on record for England
March 2013 is likely to be the fourth coldest on record for England

The record for coldest Easter has been cracked in the UK as unusually cold temperatures continue to plague communities. 

The lowest temperature recorded was minus 12.5 degrees Celsius in the Scottish Highland town of Braemar. 

Easter Monday in 1986 held the previous mark at minus 9.8 degrees. 

Meteorologists predict the cold weather will last into mid-April, causing disruptions for many people. 

The average temperature for this time of year actually ranges between 10 and 13 degrees. 

Similarly to Moscow, the entire month of March was the coldest recorded across the UK since 1962.

The mean temperature was 2.5 degrees, 3 degrees below the long-term average.

The cold weather brought some chaos to airports as people tried to escape to warmer destinations. 

London Heathrow, the busiest airport in Europe, handled 114,000 departures Sunday compared with 102,000 on Good Friday last year.

Lines were a bit longer than usual at security as passengers were urged to take off their winter coats, hats, and gloves before being checked. 

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