Winter set to begin today as cold weather strikes in the Red Rose county once again
The summer of 2013 has been the best in the UK since 2006, but it was set to end with a bang today.
The year 2013 has so far been the ninth warmest since 1910, the 16th driest since 1910 and the seventh sunniest since 1929.
It stands out because the previous six summers were all wetter than normal.
The expected temperature today is going to be a maximum of 10C, the coldest for since May 24 , when it was 9C in Preston. Therefore it will be the coldest for 138 days and at its lowest it could feel, with a wind chill, around minus one. The summer in Preston has been an exceptional one with the thermometer reaching 20C in mid-April and topping that briefly in May. In June the temperature soared to 25C on the 19th, 24 on the 30th and 22C on the 18th.
In July the maximum temperature didn’t fall below 20C for 27 consecutive days, reaching a high of 31C on the 22nd
August opened with 30C on the first and, apart from three days, it remained above the 20C mark.
A Met Office spokesman said the region had seen 603.6 hours of sunshine through the summer - 122 per cent of the average - and said it had been slightly warmer and drier than average. He said: “Taking that all together suggests a good year.”
In September, the county hit 27C on the fifth, 26 degs on the 4th, 24C on the third and 23C on September 2 and 22.
October, so far, has been unseasonally warm with temperatures of up to 19C. But today it was set to drop to 10C, and will feel like minus 1.2 in the northerly winds.
The last time the county endured anything like that cold was May 24, when the weather bottomed out at 9C.