Britain’s longest-lasting snow patch melts for only the tenth time in 300 years amid September’s heatwave

Britain’s longest patch of snow has melted for only the 10th time in 300 years – as the heatwave continues into September.

The icy patch, nicknamed ‘The Sphinx’, forms on a sheltered part of Braeriach Mountain in Scotland’s Cairngorms.

The icy spot, nicknamed the


The icy spot, nicknamed the “Sphinx,” was once thought to be permanent – but in fact it has melted ten times in 300 years and five times since 2017Photo credit: Iain Cameron / SWNS

Until 100 years ago it was considered a permanent fixture.

But the patch melted this week – for the fifth time since 2017.

Meanwhile, the record-breaking heatwave will continue this weekend.

And tomorrow is likely to be the hottest day of the year so far.

Temperatures are expected to rise to 33°C (91°F) in the afternoon.

But hailstorms and lightning could hit parts of central England and Wales.

Stephen Dixon, from the Met Office, said: “The south and east are likely to endure the hot weather the longest.

“However, we have issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms on Saturday afternoon for central England and east Wales.

“Some may see 30-50mm of rain; There is a possibility of hail and lightning.

“Not everyone will see these showers; They will appear here and there.

“There is a small weather problem on the way. Some may see thundery rain, but it will remain hot.”

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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