Spring was so cold that people did not expect a hot summer – but they were wrong

Spring 2013 was one of the coolest and latest on record – March was even colder than during the Big Freeze of 1963 – so few people were expecting a decent summer. Yet for three weeks in July 2013 the weather gods confounded the sceptics, confirming the long-held belief that predicting summer weather from events earlier in the year is a mug’s game – rather like this year.

Related: The big freeze of 1962-63

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