Undoubtedly Scotland’s Coldest November Week Since 2010

Written by on November 25, 2016 in Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland, Winter 2016/17 with 0 Comments

It’s been a cold November week across Scotland with snow followed by harsh frosts which have led to ice build-up on some rivers. A North Sea low combined with northerly winds brought fresh snowfall followed by high pressure. We kicked things off back on Monday with Scotland and the UK’s coldest November night since 2010.

This picture captured today shows a significant ice formation on the River Dee in Aberdeen.

Credit: Andy McNeil ‏@noisycrank

Credit: Andy McNeil ‏@noisycrank

Impressive for so early in the season. Keep in mind that we’re not even into meteorological winter yet!

On the Friday prior to Monday’s Braemar reading, Loch Glascarnoch (A82 between Garve and Ullapool) dipped to -9.8C.

While cold and clear over Scotland, Southern England/Wales was battered by one of two deep lows by late Saturday and Monday morning.

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Sean Batty

Credit: Sean Batty

Following wetter, windier conditions later Monday and through Tuesday, high pressure built overhead.

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

With Southern England and Wales under the southern periphery of the high, wind, cloud and showers dominated, also providing significant N-S temperature contrasts.

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: BBC Weather

Credit: BBC Weather

Snow cover or not, following well below freezing nights, brilliant sunshine by day didn’t do much for the temperature.

Though some parts of Scotland are snow covered, most isn’t and so temperatures dropping last night to between -5 and -8C along the M8 corridor is quite impressive for November!

Credit: NASA

Credit: NASA

As we progressed through the 2nd half of the week, the core of cold was drifting south along with the core of high pressure.

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Glasgow’s Bishopton site dipped to -6C this morning, this sites 3rd coldest November temperature since records began back in 1999. Glasgow Airport dropped to -8C before the fog formed.

Credit: Sean Batty

Credit: Sean Batty

A frosty plane at Glasgow Airport this morning.

Credit: Roger Moore (MM1FJM) ‏@rogerupnorth

Credit: Roger Moore (MM1FJM) ‏@rogerupnorth

In any true shelter from the sun, temperatures have remained below freezing with frost not lifting for the last 3 days. The general maximum temperature across Scotland over the last 3 afternoons has generally been in the range of -1/-3C in the Highlands, +1 or 2C through the Central Lowlands but up on the NW coast, Western and Northern Isles, folks will be saying, what’s all the fuss about given the balmy 8-10C here!

Credit: Sean Batty

Credit: Sean Batty

FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Alisdair woodburn@Naburn2

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