Saturday, December 25, 2010

Did you read that? It said 1910...

Winter weather: December 'set to be coldest since 1910'

December is on course to be the coldest since records began in 1910, the BBC weather centre has said.

Christmas Day is likely to be extremely cold around the country, with overnight temperatures dropping to minus 17C at Worcester and minus 18C at Altnaharra in northern Scotland.

A severe weather warning for western Scotland is in place due to ice, BBC forecaster Liam Dutton advised.

The Highways Agency has urged drivers to take care in difficult conditions.

Some of the coldest overnight temperatures included minus 17C in Pershore, Worcs, minus 15C in Castlederg, County Tyrone and minus 11C in Leeming, North Yorkshire.

On Christmas Day, parts of Scotland and possibly north-east England were the only places likely to see snowfall, Liam Dutton added.

With December likely to be the coldest for over a century, the rest of the country will be dry and bright with patchy freezing fog, he said.

"On Boxing Day, as people start to move about, rain, sleet and snow is forecast for Scotland and Northern Ireland, bringing with it a significant ice risk," he added.


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