Winter returns to the U.K.


Snow covers a vehicle in Aviemore, Scotland, UK, 25 April 2017 (BBC Weather)

Arctic air has enveloped the United Kingdom with heavy snow in Scotland and northern England and near freezing temperatures as far south as London.

Forecasters say snow in late April is not uncommon and actually fell over parts of the country around the same time last year.

Temperatures struggled to reach 10 C today after a hard frost early this morning.

This cold snap is a far cry from record breaking heat earlier this month when the thermometer climbed to 26 C in southern England and a mild March which was the fifth warmest ever for the U.K.

October 2014 – Warm and relatively wet

Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, NB, 04 Oct 2014 (Dearing)

Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, NB, 04 Oct 2014 (Dearing)

October 2014 definitely proved to be warmer than normal in Greater Moncton with the monthly temperature about 2.1°C above the 30-year average.

Generally speaking the month was mostly dry except for three rain events on 08 Oct, 17 Oct and an extended wet period thanks to a slow moving Nor’easter from 22-26 October.

The temperature fell below freezing only once at -1.1°C on 21 Oct which produced a light freeze but not a killing frost and not a single snowflake was recorded during the month.

OCTOBER 2014 ALMANAC (at the Greater Moncton International Airport 1981-2010)

Average HIGH 14.4°C

Average LOW 5.0°C

AVERAGE 9.7°C (about 2.1°C ABOVE the 30-year average)

Extreme HIGH 23.7°C (15 Oct)

Extreme LOW -1.1°C (21 Oct)

Rainfall 117.0 mm (slightly ABOVE the 30-year average)

(Data courtesy Environment Canada)

Greater Moncton dips below freezing

A frosty morning in Greater Moncton (courtesy TWN)

A frosty morning in Greater Moncton (courtesy TWN)

For the first time since late May, the thermometer dropped below the freezing point in Greater Moncton this morning to -1.1 C.

Frost was widespread although hardier vegetation appears to have been spared.

For 2014, this means Greater Moncton had above freezing temperatures for 144 days which is slightly longer than the average growing season.

Precipitation remains below normal so far this autumn but that could change with Environment Canada predicting 50-100 mm of rain across New Brunswick over the next few days.