Pack away your snowshoes and toboggans, for snow is not coming to Bute any time soon - despite lurid national newspaper claims on Friday.
The Daily Express announced that a lengthy spell of extreme and potentially devastating winter weather is just around the corner for Britain, with blizzards, record-low temperatures and polar gales.
However, the briefest of glances at the five day forecast on the Met Office’s website confirms that for the next few days Rothesay is in for a decidedly un-Arctic diet of mostly dry weather, with some sunny intervals, occasional light showers, minimum temperatures of four degrees Centigrade and a distinct lack of the white stuff.
The one exception to that rule is late on Saturday afternoon and into the evening, when heavy rain is expected to fall on the island, though the ‘Met’ has not issued any severe weather warnings for the Argyll and Bute area for the next few days - and with minimum temperatures around that time of 11-12 degrees, the chances of that rain falling as snow could fairly be described as non-existent.
A Met Office spokesman said: “There won’t be any snow in Bute next week. There might be a light dusting over the Scottish Highlands but that’s nothing unusual.
“Next week will feel cold in comparison to the recent very mild weather.”
The spokesman questioned the reliability of national newspapers’ sources in weather stories.