Spring on hold in the UK

Britain was hit by freezing temperatures as the mercury plunged to bone-chilling lows over the last week, with lows of -6.4C recorded in Shoreham on Thursday.

13 Feb 2018 – On Wednesday, the mercury fell to -9.9C in Shap, Cumbria, overnight and to -7.6C in Sennybridge.

Yellow weather warnings were issued for snow and ice for Scotland, north-west England, Wales, and south-west England for Tuesday.


Thanks to David Grissim for this link

“Seems spring is on hold,” says David

11 thoughts on “Spring on hold in the UK

  1. In early 1963 the sea froze off the coast of Kent in England and 5 metre deep snowdrifts covered many hilly areas. This winter, although colder than many recent winters, could in no way be classified as a harsh one. Polar Maritime air has dominated much of the winter with short mild breaks .

  2. Spring delayed! I think not. The 13th February is mid winter. Spring starts on 21st March.
    While I believe that we are heading for an Ice Age, over dramatising the present weather doesn’t help to educate / inform the multitudes, who still believe in the MSN fake news.

    • Check this Saturday’s forecast at Weatherbell.com by Joe Bastardi. He isn’t talk about a normal March for you and he beats the socks off your Met office quite regularly.

  3. A cold and snowy February in the U.K is not uncommon and spring is not until March even then snow and cold is not uncommon.
    Although cold and snowy at times this winter is by no means a proper cold winter.

  4. 1963 was an exceptionally cold winter and there wasn’t an equally cold one until 1978-79 . My mother said 1947 had heavier snowfall. In the southern UK (aka England) heavy snow in winter is not the norm nor is long lasting snow. Other extreme winters include 1836, 1927-28, 1940 was a famously cold start in WW2 with (according to my mother) the Thames freezing, 1947 which is compared to 1963, further back in time 1739-40 and 1683–84. the 1683-84 winter is alleged to have caused ice a foot thick to form on the Thames.

    Being an island and washed by the Gulf Stream Drift severe winters like 1947 and 1963 are rare in the UK. The winter of 1952-53 had a high death toll due to the smog in London.

  5. In the book ‘Ice-Age Ireland’ the effects of the winter of 1739-40 was looked at in some detail. The country usually has mild wet winters with little snowfall. That winter, ice on the River Shannon was reported to be 20 inches thick. There was widespread famine as the cold lasted well into an extremely dry spring.

    • I’m sure the church were quick to look for explanations. They probably suspected witchcraft. That and God being angry at people for having affairs behind their husbands’ backs, while the even more wicked and sinful clergy were continuing to abuse young boys.
      I’m sure alcoholism also took hold during bitter winters and poor harvests but perhaps I have already said enough about that LOL.

  6. A cold February is good as it keeps things dormant and not likely to suffer if there is a cold spell. But that can still happen even in late March or early April as just 2 nights of frost last year did a lot of damage to trees and plants.

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