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Brace Yourself for a Cold Autumn and Winter

Forecasters have predicted that Britain is just weeks away from temperatures as low as -20C, which will be a shock to our system after the nice weather we’ve been spoiled with.

Cairngorms in Scotland has already had two inches of snow this week and the rest of Britain is being warned to prepare themselves for snow and wintery conditions at the end of October or beginning of November.

Some of us may have already noticed a chill in the air, especially in the mornings on the way to work! Aberdeenshire has already dropped to 8C, which is 21.5C below the temperature we had during our ‘Indian summer’.

Council leaders have revealed that local authorities are stockpiling thousands of tonnes of extra road grit, in belief of another snowy winter. In total, it has been estimated that 1.4 million tonnes of salt is expected to be stock piled this year.

Shops are also planning ahead, Halfords has ordered in 10,000 plastic sledges in preparation of snow!

Long range forecaster for Exacta Weather, James Madden, said “I expect the most frequent and heavy snowfalls to occur across many parts of the UK during November, December and January at present.” He says that he expects that snowfall records will be broken in this time frame.

Many authorities faced criticism last winter as many motorists battled snowy, dangerous roads and many people became stranded. Even though it sounds like local councils are well prepared this year, it sounds like many of us will want to be snuggled up in front of the fire place in front of the TV, enjoying a mug of hot chocolate with the air conditioning units in London definitely being switched off!

Prepare Yourselves for the Hottest Autumn

In one of our previous blog posts that we wrote a couple of weeks ago, we mentioned how much of a disappointing summer we’ve had and how it was now officially over. However, reports and predictions reveal that we now face one of the hottest autumns for 25 years.

The best weather has been predicted to grace us at the end of this week and around the beginning of October. However, the UK Met Office Chief Forecaster, Chris Tubbs, said “It’s too early to give precise detail, but the dominant signal is for much of the UK to get some fine weather from Tuesday onwards. Temperatures could be unseasonably warm in places, certainly well above the average for this time of year.”

He carries on to say that “The settled weather is set to last for several days and could carry on into the start of October, giving us a welcome respite from the windy and wet conditions which have dominated for the past few weeks”.

According to predictions by the UK Met Office, the south and east of England will see the best of the weather, where temperatures could reach 27C, hotter than Hawaii!

I’m sure that most people will be planning some daytrips or weekends away to the seaside or park, but it’s definitely not time to put the barbeque or air conditioning in south east London away just yet.

If you are planning on enjoying the sunshine, remember to protect yourself from the strong UV rays by avoiding the midday heat and covering up your skin with a high factor sun cream.

It’s officially Autumn in the UK

We may have had one of the nicest springs in 2011, but in Britain we also had one of our worst-ever summers. Summer was officially declared over yesterday as the UK was battered by gale-force winds and torrential rain. Most people saw themselves going to bed earlier than usual as it became darker quicker.

Forecasters predicted unsettled weather throughout the week and it won’t get much better throughout September, so there’s no need to have your air conditioning units switched on.

According to the Met Office, it has been the worst summer in Britain since 1993. Dan Williams, Met Office forecaster, said “Northwest Britain is looking unsettled with showers and even gales. For the South East, we’ll see rain but in general it’s going to be drier and more settled,” which sounds like a very uncertain prediction.

There were gusts of wind up to 60mph in some places in Britain. Railways across the country were disrupted by trees falling on the tracks causing cancellations, ferries along the south cost were severely disrupted and some of London’s tube stations were also closed due to flooding.

Southend’s mile long pleasure pier’s supports and decking were also damaged after a giant barge was blown into the structure.

We still have our fingers crossed for some sunshine though!