Why it is so cold and when Cambridgeshire will see sunshine again

Cambridgeshire has felt chillier than usual for the first weeks of summer
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The great British summer has begun with more of a whimper than a bang, with many across the country feeling the chill during the start of June. Beanies have been more weather-appropriate than bikinis and those who packed away their winter layers may be regretting their optimism.

The start of June has seen temperatures of around 1-3C colder than average, with clouds, rain, and wind making it feel colder, according to BBC Weather presenter Simon King. He said the jet stream has been carrying colder air from the Arctic over the UK due to high pressure in the Atlantic and low pressure near Scandinavia, which is unusual for this time of year.

Temperatures across Cambridgeshire are set to rise into the high teens for a spell starting on Friday (June 14), according to the Met Office. However, the long-range forecast suggests we can still expect temperatures to be lower than usual for the time of year.

We can expect to see a mix of "sunny spells and showers" this weekend (Saturday, June 15, and Sunday, June 16). The Met Office forecast says: "Some of the showers are expected to be heavy and could be accompanied by thunder.

"Temperatures will probably be slightly below normal for the time of year. Into the following week, similar conditions are most probable at first with further showers."

There are likely to be sunnier spells in the week starting on Monday, June 17. Temperatures are set to be close to or slightly below average.

Towards the end of June, the Met Office said: "There is little sign for any one type of weather pattern to dominate during this period." The forecaster said 'typical conditions' are expected with a mix of weather types into July.

From the end of June, the forecast said we can expect some drier weather with spells of rain. It added: "Temperatures are most likely to be close to or slightly above climatological average."

BBC Weather presenter Simon King added: "We may have to wait until the last week of June before more settled weather makes it feel more summery." It might be worth keeping those layers to hand for a few weeks yet.