Icy temperatures about to strike
23rd February, 2016
After a mild weekend, temperatures have dropped below zero again – and are expected to reach lows of -10°C during the week.
A plume of mild air across the South saw temperatures almost three times higher than the average for this time of year at the weekend in southern Britain, while the chilly, wet conditions continued in the North.
But Monday saw a sharp change, as an arctic maritime air mass that swept in from the North early in the week, sending the nation back into the freezer. This wet, cold air from the arctic often brings snow, with the Met Office warning that northerly parts of the UK could see snowfall on higher ground.
The Met Office issued a severe weather warning for ice to spread across parts of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and urged the public to take caution when walking, cycling or driving.
The Met Office said on its website:
“Please be aware of the risk of some difficult driving conditions and some low level travel disruption. Showers will become more isolated and, as skies clear, road and pavement temperatures will fall below freezing, and wet, icy stretches are expected to develop on untreated surfaces on Tuesday morning.”
The Met Office recorded lows of -4.6°C on Monday night, predicting the mercury would plummet as low as -8.6°C the following night. It also predicted freezing fog to form during the night on Tuesday, causing low visibility. Combined with frosty conditions, freezing fog can be a serious hazard on the roads overnight and in the morning.
The forecast for the rest of the week is similar, with the Met Office reporting that the weather will remain cold with overnight frost and wet and windy conditions up until the weekend. The Environment Agency still has several flood alerts in place, a warning that the flooding misery of this winter
is far from over.
As freezing conditions continue to grip Britain, can your business afford not to prepare for the threat of winter? Call Ice Watch on 01728 633900 to find out how we can help protect your business from the icy weather.