Overnight lows and the latest snow depths

19 01 2013

As forecast temperatures fell well below zero across the UK last night and the heaviest of the snow started to ease in most areas.

The lowest temperature recorded at a Met Office observing station was Edinburgh, Gorgarbank, at -4.3 C and at 9am this morning the deepest snow cover was 27 cm at Lough Fea, Londonderry.

Lowest temperatures overnight 18 to 19 January 2013:

Location Area Temperature (Celsius)
Edinburgh Gogarbank                 Midlothian           -4.3
Lake Vyrnwy             Powys                -4.3
Pennerley                           Shropshire           -4.0
Tredegar Bryn Bach Park     Gwent                -3.5
Crosby                              Merseyside           -3.4
Libanus                             Powys                -3.4
Leek, Thorncliffe                   Staffordshire        -3.3
Little Rissington                   Gloucestershire      -3.3
Sennybridge                    Powys                -3.2
Carterhouse                         Roxburghshire        -3.1
Salsburgh                           Lanarkshire          -3.1
Keele                               Staffordshire        -3
Emley Moor                     West Yorkshire       -2.9
Astwood Bank                        Hereford & Worcester -2.8
Winterbourne                  West midlands        -2.8
Aviemore                            Inverness-shire      -2.7
Bingley                        West Yorkshire       -2.7
Liscombe                            Somerset             -2.7
Pateley Bridge Ravens Nest          North Yorkshire      -2.7
Spadeadam                     Cumbria              -2.7

Snow depths at 9am Saturday 19 January 2012:

Location Area Elevation Snow depth (cm)
Lough Fea              Londonderry          225 27
Sennybridge       Powys                307 22
Little Rissington      Gloucestershire      210 20
Loftus                 Cleveland            158 16
Liscombe               Somerset             348 16
Filton                 Avon                 59 16
Brize Norton           Oxfordshire          82 12
Hereford, Credenhill   Hereford & Worcester 76 11
Nottingham, Watnall    Nottinghamshire      117 11
Larkhill               Wiltshire            132 11
Albemarle              Northumberland       142 10
Cranwell               Lincolnshire         63 10
Benson                 Oxfordshire          57 10
Leconfield             Humberside           7 10
Redesdale Camp         Northumberland       211 9
Middle Wallop          Hampshire            90 9
Boscombe Down          Wiltshire            126 8
Aboyne            Aberdeenshire        140 8
Wittering              Cambridgeshire       73 8
Coningsby              Lincolnshire         6 7
Leek, Thorncliffe      Staffordshire        298 7
Northolt               Greater London       33 7
Leeming                North Yorkshire      33 6
Marham                 Norfolk              21 6
Shawbury               Shropshire           72 6
Bingley          West Yorkshire       262 6
Waddington             Lincolnshire         68 6
Odiham                 Hampshire            118 6
Eskdalemuir            Dumfriesshire        236 5
Hurn                   Dorset               10 5
Scampton               Lincolnshire         57 5
Charlwood              Surrey               67 5
Coleshill              Warwickshire         96 5
Wattisham              Suffolk              89 4
Boulmer                Northumberland       23 4
Dyce                   Aberdeenshire        65 4
Bedford                Bedfordshire         85 3
Trawsgoed              Dyfed                63 3
Church Fenton          North Yorkshire      8 3
Linton on Ouse         North Yorkshire      14 3
Heathrow               Greater London       25 3
Edinburgh, Gogarbank   Midlothian           57 3
St Athan               South Glamorgan      49 3
Herstmonceux, West End East Sussex          52 2

The cold weather is set to continue for the remainder of the weekend and ice is expected to be a major hazard, keep up to date with your local forecast for the latest update.





Last night’s temperatures: A night of contrast

9 02 2012

Freezing temperatures combined with rain in the north to bring treacherous ice conditions across parts of southern Scotland, northern England and north east Wales last night and this morning as temperatures fell well below freezing across Wales, England and southern Scotland.

However, there was a marked contrast further to the north and west. Milder Atlantic air across northern Scotland and Northern Ireland to the north and west of the rainband straddling the UK resulted in a relatively mild night for mid February.

The coldest place in the UK was Linton on Ouse in North Yorkshire, recording a low of -9.6 °C, whilst at the other end of the scale, Aultbea in Ross and Cromarty, saw temperatures fall no lower than 7.6 °C.

The two tables below show the coldest and mildest spots in the UK last night.

 Coldest places in the UK overnight 8 – 9 February 2012

SITE NAME MIN TEMP (celsius) AREA
LINTON ON OUSE                         -9.6 NORTH YORKSHIRE     
TOPCLIFFE                              -8.6 NORTH YORKSHIRE     
BALA                                   -7.3 GWYNEDD             
PATELEY BRIDGE           -7.0 NORTH YORKSHIRE     
SENNYBRIDGE                    -6.9 POWYS               
WOODFORD                               -6.7 CHESHIRE            
RAVENSWORTH                            -6.7 NORTH YORKSHIRE     
CHURCH FENTON                          -6.7 NORTH YORKSHIRE     
DISHFORTH AIRFIELD                     -6.7 NORTH YORKSHIRE     
OKEHAMPTON     -6.5 DEVON               
LEEMING                                -6.4 NORTH YORKSHIRE     
TREDEGAR       -6.2 GWENT               
BINGLEY                     -6.1 WEST YORKSHIRE      
GOGERDDAN                              -6.1 DYFED               
EMLEY MOOR                  -6.0 WEST YORKSHIRE      
PRESTON MONTFORD                       -6.0 SHROPSHIRE          
BRADFORD                               -5.8 WEST YORKSHIRE      
ROCHDALE                               -5.7 GREATER MANCHESTER  
ALBEMARLE                              -5.5 NORTHUMBERLAND      
REDESDALE CAMP                         -5.4 NORTHUMBERLAND      
PENNERLEY                              -5.4 SHROPSHIRE          
LLYSDINAM                              -5.3 POWYS               
BRAMHAM                                -5.3 WEST YORKSHIRE      
BAINBRIDGE                             -5.1 NORTH YORKSHIRE     
CAPEL CURIG                -5.0 GWYNEDD             

Mildest places in the UK overnight  8 – 9 February 2012

SITE NAME MIN TEMP (celsius) AREA
AULTBEA                     7.6 ROSS & CROMARTY     
SOUTH UIST RANGE                       6.8 WESTERN ISLES       
STORNOWAY AIRPORT                      6.7 WESTERN ISLES       
KINLOCHEWE                             6.6 ROSS & CROMARTY     
TIREE                                  6.3 ARGYLL              
ALTNAHARRA                    6 SUTHERLAND          
BALLYKELLY                             5.8 LONDONDERRY         
SKYE: LUSA                             5.6 WESTERN ISLES       
ACHNAGART                              5.5 ROSS & CROMARTY     
ISLAY: PORT ELLEN                      5.5 ARGYLL              
MAGILLIGAN                   5.5 LONDONDERRY         
BALTASOUND                   5.3 SHETLAND            
FAIR ISLE                              5.3 SHETLAND            
MURLOUGH                               5.3 DOWN                
RESALLACH                              5.2 SUTHERLAND          
MACHRIHANISH                           5.2 ARGYLL              
CASTLEDERG                             5.2 TYRONE              
KILLOWEN                               5.1 DOWN                
BALLYWATTICOCK                         5 DOWN                
ST ANGELO                              4.8 FERMANAGH           
KIRKWALL                               4.8 ORKNEY              
LOCH GLASCARNOCH                       4.7 ROSS & CROMARTY     
WICK AIRPORT                           4.7 CAITHNESS           
HELENS BAY                             4.6 DOWN                
STORMONT CASTLE                        4.6 DOWN                

The battle between the milder Atlantic air and the very cold air in the southeast continues across the UK, bringing the risk of snow across parts of the country later today and into Friday. Whilst there is uncertainty about where the heaviest and most persistent snow will fall, accumulations of up to 10cm are possible in the worst affected regions. As a result Met Office warnings have been issued and there could be some disruption to travel.

The Met Office is working closely with government departments, contingency planners and transport agencies to make sure they have the best advice available to help them prepare for possible weather impacts.








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