A cold spell to come

The Met Office reckon that there’s a cold spell to come in their latest news blog. It’s exemplifies the parochial approach we get from an organisation thats based in Devon, and doesn’t look at the climate stats for the whole of the UK before launching forth with a headline like that. It may come as news to Paul Gunderson, but it’s been fairly cold across the north of the country since Christmas, and temperatures across many parts of the Highlands have been more often below freezing than they have above it. I’ll admit that I did take a bit of a liberty comparing a graph of temperatures in Aviemore with those in St James Park, but it does illustrate the point of just how much colder it’s been across Highland Scotland since Christmas with snow lying for many of these days.

There’s colder weather in store for many as Storm Christoph pulls away from the UK and rainfall starts to ease, although river levels in parts of the UK could continue to rise for a little time to come. The cold weather stays with us throughout the weekend and into next week with some sunny spells and wintry showers, mainly in the north and north west. The southern half of the UK is likely to be more unsettled with some spells of rain, and perhaps also some snow.

Press Office
UKMO

“Colder air is now established across the UK as Storm Christoph moves away into the North Sea, and gale force winds will impact the northeast of the country. There are three National Severe weather warnings in place, two in north and east Scotland, one for rain and one for snow valid until noon on Friday, and an ice warning cover western Scotland, north west England, Northern Ireland and much of Wales, valid until 10 am Friday.”

Paul Gundersen
Chief Meteorologist
UKMO

4 thoughts on “A cold spell to come”

  1. “I’ll admit that I did take a bit of a liberty comparing a graph of temperatures in Aviemore with those in St James Park”

    It’s fine, that’s what they do – comparing temperatures taken in a green field in the1850s, to ones contaminated by UHI or at Heathrow next to the jet engine exhausts; Then gleefully announcing a record temperature.

    But I don’t like you comparing graphs with different Y scales.
    For a true comparison ALL scales should be the same.

      1. Yes it’s depressing. Even relocating to the Highlands hasn’t helped matters that much. Having said that it’s turned that wee bit colder today and we have had a number of snow showers.

  2. Here, on Dartmoor’s 280 metre fringes, the temperature never exceeded 4C for the whole of February 1986. So far this ‘cold’ January (a month with cold synoptics) 12 days have beaten that maxima. Most winters pre 2000 saw significant lying snow (even in mild winters) at some point up here. We’ve seen no lying snow this winter of more than fleeting dusting proportions. I forget when we last saw deep snow, 2013 maybe.

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