The people of Scotland were warned last night that a shift in the wind direction, coupled with a deepening area of low pressure, could cause temperatures in some areas to exceed -2 degrees celsius.
The Met Office has issued advice to residents in the affected areas to remain indoors with their heads in the fridge, or with their feet in a bucket of crushed ice until conditions return to normal for this time of year.
People south of the border have been asked to help by sending consignments of Tunnock’s Olde English Caramel Wafers to stricken areas, where the high temperatures may have caused the chocolate coating on imported stocks of the famous English snack bars to have become a bit soft.
However, the response thus far has been less than enthusiastic, with one resident of Sheffield in Yorkshire dismissing the notion as “bloody ludicrous”. Mr Toby Dell, 87, went on to say “Send our Tunnock’s Olde English Caramel Wafers to Jocks? Nay lad! I’d rather ‘ang messen!”
The brief warm spell is expected to last at least a few hours before sub-zero temperatures and high winds bring much-needed relief to the population - at least until mid-July when the mercury may once again climb into the low 50s Fahrenheit.