Workers at Leckford Estate were forced to light candles at the farm to protect their grape vines
Freezing temperatures have prompted workers at Leckford Estate, Hampshire, to light 750 candles around the farm to help heat the air, create movement, and stop the frost from taking hold around the vines.
The estate’s action comes as the country faces unseasonably cold weather.
Earlier this week, snow moved down from Scotland, hitting northern England and the Midlands, with some flurries reported as far south as Hertfordshire.
However, the cold snap is due to end tomorrow, with temperatures rising to the mid-fifties before topping 60 degrees on Sunday.
The candles were lit to help heat the air, create movement and stop the frost from ruining the vines
Emma Sharpels, meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “It’s fairly typical of weather in April, where you get a bit of everything and you get more active systems.
“Temperatures have been below average for this time of year because we have had the weather coming through from the Arctic.”
Late spring frost could go away as temperatures are expected to increase by Sunday
She added: “We had some snowfall in areas of Scotland and the north of England of around 4-8 cm (1.5 to 3in).
April snow hits Scotland Mon, April 24, 2017
Met Office forecasters say the northern hills are most likely to see snow as the cold weather moves into England over the next 36 hours
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People walk through a snow shower along Grampian Road in Aviemore, Scotland,as the blast of Arctic weather that has brought snow to northern Scotland begins to move south
“We did have a warning out which covered north-east Scotland and north-east England.”