UK Suffers Coldest Winter for 30 Years
It is official the UK has suffered its coldest winter for over 30 years.
Provisional figures from the Met office show that the mean UK temperature was 1.5 °C this winter. This is the lowest it has been since 1978/79 when it was 1.2 °C. While the long term average winter temperature between 1971-2001 is 3.7°C meaning this winter was far colder than average temperatures.
And in Scotland and Northern Ireland temperatures plunged to the lowest they had been since the winter of 1962/63.
Since mid December when the UK was plunged into icy snowy conditions the cold and wintry weather has dominated much of the country with regular spells of snow and low temperatures persisting throughout the season.
Widespread snow and ice has so far caused huge disruption across the United Kingdom this winter with eurostar trains breaking down in the channel tunnel leaving hundreds stranded on board, airports being forced to close and chaos on the roads.
In a statement the Met Office said:" Since mid-December cold weather has often dominated much of the country, with spells of snow and very low temperatures. From southern England to northern Scotland, heavy snow caused travel disruption at times through the season."
They also confirmed that on Sunday temperatures fell to -22.3 °C at Altnaharra in the Highlands making it the lowest UK minimum temperature since 1995.
Meanwhile, Europe has been battered by the Atlantic storm Xynthia which has left dozens of people dead in France, Spain and Portugal. In the worst storm in a decade over 40 people were killed in France and a further 900,000 were left without electricity.
Paddy Power is currently offering odds of 4/1 that the 2010 will be the coldest on record in the UK. In contrast it is offering 10/1 that it will be the hottest year on record here in the UK and 6/1 it will be the wettest. And as for that elusive white Christmas well Paddy Power reckon its 3/1 that snowflakes will fall at Heathrow on December 25th 2010.
All odds correct at time of writing and are subject to change.