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Families camping during school holidays get snowed in at Marfit Head farm near Pickering in North Yorkshire, as gale force winds, snow, sleet and rain which battered parts of Britain. Photo: PA

Families camping during school holidays get snowed in at Marfit Head farm near Pickering in North Yorkshire, as gale force winds, snow, sleet and rain which battered parts of Britain. Photo: PA

Families camping during school holidays get snowed in at Marfit Head farm near Pickering in North Yorkshire, as gale force winds, snow, sleet and rain which battered parts of Britain. Photo: PA

Families camping during school holidays get snowed in at Marfit Head farm near Pickering in North Yorkshire, as gale force winds, snow, sleet and rain which battered parts of Britain. Photo: PA

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Families camping during school holidays get snowed in at Marfit Head farm near Pickering in North Yorkshire, as gale force winds, snow, sleet and rain which battered parts of Britain. Photo: PA

Britain's early summer was brought to a shivering halt yesterday, as snow blanketed parts of the country.

Scotland was worst affected, with snow falling in the Highlands, and dusting central parts of the country.

As an Arctic weather front bore down on the UK, the Met Office issued severe weather warnings for all of Scotland, as well as parts of northern England, Yorkshire and Humber, and the East Midlands.

A major rescue operation was launched yesterday morning after a group of hillwalkers became stuck in the Scottish Cairngorms mountains.

The three adults and six teenagers were stranded following the snowfall.

Grampian Police, a Royal Navy helicopter and a mountain rescue team based at Braemar, Aberdeenshire, were all involved in the operation to rescue them.

Around four hours after they were alerted, police confirmed that all nine hillwalkers had been rescued successfully. They were found at Derry Cairngorm, a mountain in the Cairngorms range.

The wintry blast comes just a week after record-breaking warm temperatures in north-eastern Scotland.

Last Tuesday temperatures rose to 23.6C in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, marking a new high in Scotland for the month.

Irish Independent