Last night’s coldest temperatures

30 11 2012

As the recent cold spell continues, last night saw some cold temperatures across the UK with widespread frost across parts of the country, with the coldest place being Shap, Cumbria where it fell to -7.0 °C.

The table below shows the top twenty coldest places recorded by the Met Office last night.

SITE NAME AREA MIN TEMPERATURE (celsius)
Shap CUMBRIA -7.0
Benson OXFORDSHIRE -6.7
Braemar ABERDEENSHIRE -6.6
Eskdalemuir DUMFRIESSHIRE -5.8
Ravensworth NORTH YORKSHIRE -5.8
Redesdale Camp NORTHUMBERLAND -5.8
Leeming NORTH YORKSHIRE -5.7
Carterhouse ROXBURGHSHIRE -5.7
Newton Rigg CUMBRIA -5.4
Bainbridge NORTH YORKSHIRE -5.2
Bridgefoot CUMBRIA -5.1
Pershore HEREFORD & WORCESTER -5.0
Tyndrum PERTHSHIRE -5.0
Keswick CUMBRIA -4.9
Hurn DORSET -4.8
Spadeadam CUMBRIA -4.7
Chillingham Barns NORTHUMBERLAND -4.7
Saughall AYRSHIRE -4.6
Topcliffe NORTH YORKSHIRE -4.6
Aboyne ABERDEENSHIRE -4.5

The tables below show a breakdown of the coldest three places for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

England

SITE NAME AREA MIN TEMPERATURE (celsius)
Shap CUMBRIA -7.0
Benson OXFORDSHIRE -6.7
Ravensworth NORTH YORKSHIRE -5.8

Scotland

SITE NAME AREA MIN TEMPERATURE (celsius)
Braemar ABERDEENSHIRE -6.6
Eskdalemuir DUMFRIESSHIRE -5.8
Carterhouse ROXBURGHSHIRE -5.7

Wales

SITE NAME AREA MIN TEMPERATURE (celsius)
Tredegar Bryn Bach Park GWENT -3.6
Libanus POWYS -3.3
Llysdinam POWYS -3.1

Northern Ireland

SITE NAME AREA MIN TEMPERATURE (celsius)
Katesbridge DOWN -3.5
Aldergrove ANTRIM -1.0
Lough Fea LONDONDERRY -0.7

The latest forecast from the Met Office shows that it is likely to stay cold with temperatures falling below freezing across many parts of the country over the next couple of night. Temperatures are expected to fall to similar lows tonight, with it perhaps a little colder still on Saturday night.

A full and regularly updated forecast is available on our website.





Heavy rain for parts of the UK this weekend

14 01 2011

Forecasters at the Met Office are monitoring the development of a slow-moving weather front, which could produce significant amounts of rain over the weekend.

A Met Office early warning has been issued for Cumbria for heavy rain, especially across the highest fells. Met Office advisories have also been issued for parts of Wales, North West England, Northern Ireland and much of southern and western Scotland.

Steve Willington, Met Office Chief Forecaster said: “Unsettled conditions will bring heavy and persistent rain through Saturday and into Sunday. The high ground of North West Wales and more particularly parts of Cumbria are likely to see the heaviest rainfall as the rain lingers across these areas into Sunday morning.”

The Environment Agency said: “With further rain forecast by the Met Office over the weekend, and the ground approaching saturation point, further flood alerts and flood warnings are likely to be issued. These may remain in place over the weekend and into next week.

“The heavy rainfall expected in Cumbria may result in some flooding of roads and some properties, although severe flooding, such as that seen in November 2009 is not anticipated.”

The public are advised to stay up to date with the latest weather forecasts and warnings on the Met Office website and get the latest information and sign up to free flood warnings by going to the  Environment Agency website  or calling Floodline on 0845 988 1188.

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Met Office in the Media: Friday 19 November

19 11 2010

The Western Morning News ran an article in the paper today explaining how ‘We issued rain warnings in good time‘ ahead of the heavy rain and subsequent flooding in Cornwall on Wednesday.

Today was also the one year anniversary of the Cumbria floods and The Times WeatherEye feature explored the weather that lead to that flooding.  We have also put together a case study on the Cumbria Floods.

Many papers have reported on Met Office forecasts of a switch to colder conditions through the weekend and into next week. This was followed by an article on WebNewsWire demonstrating the relationship between the Met Office and the Highways Agency, helping to make sure that road users are prepared for winter. We have issued more information on the switch to colder conditions on our website, where you can keep right up to date with the UK forecast.





Diary: 18-20 Nov – First Anniversary of Cumbria Floods

11 11 2010

Heavy and persistent rain caused widespread flooding in Cumbria, an in particular in the town of Cockermouth where during the night of 19–20 November 2009 over 200 people in Cockermouth were rescued from their homes by the emergency services.

One year on, we take a look at how the extensive flooding in Cumbria  (case study) was made easier to deal with because of the warnings from the joint Met Office and Environment Agency Flood Forecasting Centre (FFC), and how developments in weather forecasting technology are helping us provide earlier warning of such extreme weather.
 
 







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