Britain will be hit by winter’s first frosts
Saturday September 18,2010
By Sarah Westcott
BRITAIN will be hit by the first frosts of winter this weekend – with warnings of snow in the hills. The freak cold snap has come weeks early, after the coldest August for 17 years. Temperatures could plummet to -1C (30F) at night – 12 degrees C below the seasonal average, forcing millions to switch the heating on. The chilly conditions come before the official end of summer – the autumn equinox on September 23 – and will see Britons digging out their duvets to keep warm at night. Forecasters warned the Midlands and Wales would be worst hit and the cold snap is a headache for farmers still harvesting spring barley.
Coldest August for 17 years? Golly, bet they could do with a bit of “Global Warming” right about now… And “12 C below the seasonal average” is a bit more dramatic than the 1/2 C of hypothetical global warming too. And this is while it’s still “summer”…
Don’t even have the spring barley in yet. And barley is one of the more cold tolerant crops. If you are having trouble getting it up and harvested in time, it will be hard to find alternative grains to grow.
The coldest places on Saturday night will be the Midlands and Wales, with temperatures falling as low as -1C and causing frost. “There is the possibility of a slight covering of snow over hills – and with the coldest air situated south of Scotland, it’s England which is most at risk. “This is a precursor for a cold October with a running threat of frost.” Temperatures today will also be noticeably colder – just 12 or 13C (55F) across Britain compared with a normal 15 or 16C (61F).
So we’re running about 3 C colder than normal despite having frost and snow (that release heat in the formation of the frozen water, putting a slow down on temperature drops until the moisture is frozen out of the air).
So I guess “global warming” means snow and frost in summer in Britain… Who knew?