Records set in British cold spell

Monday 29th Nov 2010 by theWeather Club

Parky, nippy, fresh, taters,‘warm enough for you?’ These and many more of the welter of euphemisms the British use for pointing out that its chilly outside will have been much in evidence in the past few weeks, as the UK has been in a cold snap that has broken records for November up and down the country. Northern Ireland hit a new low of -9.5C at Lough Fea, Co Tyrone, and in Wales, a record minimum of -18C was reached at Llysdinam, in Powys, In Scotland10cm fell in Aberdeenshire in just two hours on one Sunday morning. This followed up to 40cm in parts of north-east England and Scotland on Saturday - said to be the most widespread snow at this time of year since 1993. The coldest place in Scotland overnight on Saturday was Loch Glascarnoch, in the Highlands, at -15.3C. In England, the coldest spot was Topcliffe, North Yorkshire, where the temperature hit -13.5 °C.

BBC weather forecaster Alex Deakin said: "As we go into Monday, one feature which will become significant is a wind coming from Siberia. It will pick up quite significantly from early in the week and feel bitterly cold". He went on to explain that the unusual weather is being caused by high pressure over Greenland and low pressure in the Baltics, a combination of weather systems that was forcing cold winds from the north-east across Europe.

The lowest ever recorded temperature in the UK was -27.2C in Altnaharra, in the Scottish Highlands, in 1995, England's lowest was -26.1C in Newport, Shropshire, in 1982. The lowest in Wales was -23.3C, recorded in Rhayader, Powys, in 1940, and in Northern Ireland was -17.5C in Magherally, Co Down, in 197.

So as this cold spell is forecast to hang a round for a while, it seems the great British public will looking around for their thermals, shovels and ever more in inventive ways to point out that it’s brass monkey weather outside.