Northern Ireland & Other Parts of UK Shiver Coldest Night Since 2010

Written by on January 9, 2021 in Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland with 0 Comments

In the past week, there’s been frequent spells of rain, sleet and snow as cold air has continued to advance south over Scotland and the UK.

Most of Scotland and many parts of England, Wales and Northern Ireland have woken to a fresh covering of snow thanks to a cold front diving south, followed by a rash of snow showers driven in by a reinforcing shot of arctic air.

Credit: BBC Weather

Cold has been sustained but often not exceptional for January standards, however, high pressure building in and clearing out the skies and dropping the wind allowed snow cover to have a real refrigeration effect.

Dalwhinnie in the central Highlands was first to hit minus double figures with -10.2C recorded at the close of December. This made for a tie of the coldest UK temperature during 2020. Then came┬áLoch Glascarnoch which dipped to -12.3C, the UK’s lowest temperature since February 2019.

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The focus of the cold has been over central and southern Scotland into the north of England in recent nights. Redesdale Camp, Northumberland dipped to -11.1C last night, making it England’s coldest since 2019.

In Northern Ireland, the well know cold spot of Katesbridge, Co Down fell to -10.2C, the country’s lowest reading since 2010.

Credit: Met Office

In the Southern Uplands of Scotland, last night was coldest in over 10 years. Drumalbin, South Lanarkshire hit -11C, it hit -11.9C at Eskdalemuir, Dumfries and Galloway and -9.2C west of Edinburgh. All these values were coldest since December 2010 according to STV’s Sean Batty.

Much milder, but cloudier, wetter and windier weather pushes into Scotland today and the rest of the UK tomorrow.

Credit: BBC Weather

Credit: BBC Weather

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