Big chill on the way
13th January, 2016
Heavy snowfall in the north of England and Scotland over the weekend signalled the end of the mild December weather, the Met Office has warned.
Nearly two centimetres of snow fell in southern Scotland on Saturday night. The snow also reached parts of Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria as temperatures begin to return to the average for January.
Britain is preparing for a cold snap over the coming week, with snow expected in northern England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, and ‘the odd flurry’ in London and the South East. Daytime temperatures aren’t likely to rise above 5°C. The Met Office has warned motorists of the risk of ice on roads.
Speaking to the Guardian, Mel Harrowsmith, head of civil contingencies at the Met Office, said:
“For many, the weather during the coming week is likely to be the first experience of winter, with either frost, wintry showers or even snow affecting many areas of the UK.”
The cold snap is a change from the unseasonably mild weather last month. December 2015 is the warmest December on record
, with temperatures averaging 7.9°C. It was also the second wettest December for the UK, with flooding hitting northern England
, Scotland and Wales at the start of the month and again on Christmas Day.
Forecasts of rain continue this week, with 150 Environment Agency flood alerts and warnings still in place across England and Wales.
Met Office forecaster Charlie Powell told the Telegraph:
“The general theme over the next few days will be for things to get a bit colder, more in keeping with the season. It’s nothing exceptional but after everything has been so mild it will be a bit of a contrast.”
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