March 27, 2013

Big freeze may last until the end of April

The big freeze gripping the UK could last until almost the end of April, with sub-zero temperatures expected for the rest of the week, weather forecasters have predicted.
Clockwise from top right: A gritting vehicle stuck in a ditch in Stirlingshire, daffodils in the snow, sheep in Yorkshire and groundstaff clearing the snow at Windsor Park

Temperatures are unlikely to recover to normal averages for the time of year until the latter part of next month, the Met Office has suggested in its 30-day forecast.

Freezing temperatures look set to bring misery to thousands of people for the rest of the week and throughout Easter weekend as the dangerous wintry weather shows no immediate signs of abating.

The Met Office has issued a cold weather alert for much of England, with a 100 per cent probability of severe cold weather and icy conditions until Friday.

Its outlook for Sunday until April 9 predicts cold, dry weather, with a few light snow flurries and widespread frost and icy patches overnight, with temperatures unlikely to return to normal levels for this time of year until the latter part of April.

Thousands of people in western Scotland face a sixth day without power today after being cut off last week, and many transport routes across the UK remain impassable because of deep snow drifts.
More than 3,000 people in Argyll in Scotland and the Isle of Arran were without power after ice and snow damaged pylons, damaging the electricity network.

Farmers have been left counting the cost of the blizzard conditions, with many having to rescue stranded livestock at the height of the lambing season.

An RAF Chinook helicopter was called in yesterday to help as part of an emergency operation in Northern Ireland as farms and families were cut off by huge snow drifts.

The severe weather has also been blamed for the deaths of a number of birds, including puffins, razorbills and guillemots, which have washed up on Britain's beaches.

1 comment:

  1. British Petroleum's Gulf of Mexico blowout (falsely characterized as a "spill" by the crass-media talking heads) has destroyed the Gulf Stream. That is all that ever kept Britain warm. We are now headed into a local Ice Age. Come May they'll be telling us summer will arrive in September. More likely is that it will never arrive at all or ever again.

    Three cheers for greed!