Autumn marks colder weather
25th September, 2014
We hate to be the bearers of bad news folks, but summer has officially been and gone. Monday signified the beginning of the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, with the long summer days now set to shorten and temperatures gradually falling as we enter the winter months.
The autumnal equinox, or September equinox as it is also known, is simply described as one of two points in the year where day and night are of equal length worldwide - the term ‘equinox’ coming from the Latin for ‘equal night’. It is a result of the Earth's tilt on its axis and our never ending journey around the sun.
Some argue that this is an oversimplification and that this astronomical event is actually far more complicated. They point out that ‘night’ is regarded as the point at which the sun is below the horizon, though this ignores twilight. Atmospheric refraction generates an optical illusion; so whilst it may appear the sun is sitting on the horizon, it is in fact already below it.
Now we had hoped that the arrival of autumn would not signal an immediate shift in our weather but, if the Met Office are to be believed, that is exactly what we are going to see over the coming week. Whilst we will continue to experience the warm temperatures of past weeks during the day, some areas of England and Scotland could see night-time temperatures falling below freezing.
“There will be a significant change in the weather, with temperatures in some parts of the UK dropping to -1C (30F). There is a cold front pushing south through the country which will be introducing cooler air.” - Met Office Forecaster
This period of cooler evening temperatures should act as a reminder to all businesses of the importance of being well-prepared for colder temperatures. Remaining operational during the winter season is vital to any business and we can help you to ensure that your site remains safe for staff and visitors alike. Our overall service includes:
- Winter Risk Maintenance: We like to work together with our customers to tackle the duty of care towards the general public and your employees head on. Expect the unexpected and let Ice Watch manage your winter risk strategy giving you peace of mind leaving you free to concentrate on your business.
- 24/7 Forecasting: Using Met Office and Weatherquest data that is specific to your postcode we continually monitor weather conditions around your site. This ensures that, at the first sign of snow or ice, we are ready to act.
- Reporting: The team of analysts at our operations centre have been trained to interpret the data provided to us. This allows us to provide specific feedback to our clients, showing hourly changes in conditions.
- Gritting and Snow Clearance: We have considerable experience as gritting contractors and over the years have built up an excellent understanding of regional areas and environmental variations. This allows us to calibrate our equipment to deliver the most effective amount of material to meet your individual needs.
Don't get caught out by the cold weather this winter. We would be happy to arrange a meeting where we can discuss how we can keep your business operational during the winter months.