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Posted by Bob Burton
The idea of still needing heating oil in May is likely to be disappointing for many Britons, but a weather forecasting agency has said this will be the case in 2012.
WeatherAction predicts the country could be set to witness the coldest May for 100 years next month, with wintry weather sweeping in and temperatures potentially falling below freezing.
The north of Britain may be carpeted by an inch-thick carpet of giant hailstones, while the east of England is expected to be worst affected by snowfall.
However, the Environment Agency said it does not have any plans to lift the hosepipe ban affecting some areas at present.
WeatherAction said it made its forecast public now "because of its importance" and it could prompt many people to get ready by stocking up woodpiles and getting heating oil quotes.
It comes after an unseasonably warm March had large parts of the population flocking to the seaside, with even parts of Scotland basking in temperatures of more than 20 degrees C.
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