Ophelia pounds Ireland & U.K.

Schools and businesses closed in Ireland when the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia brought destructive winds up to 160 km/h which downed trees and power lines creating widespread power outages.

Flights, ferries and even buses were cancelled and at least three deaths are attributed to the storm which officials say is the worst to hit Ireland in 50 years.

Strong winds also caused disruptions in Scotland and northern England where rail services were halted after fallen trees blocked lines.

Ophelia formed in the eastern Atlantic on 11 October and became a Category 3 hurricane three days later.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Ophelia was the furthest east ever recorded for an Atlantic hurricane.

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Winter returns to the U.K.

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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.

Extreme weather closes out 2015

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Image Courtesy CNN

The North Pole climbs above freezing, deadly tornadoes strike Texas, extreme heat bakes Australia and historic floods hit Britain and the American Midwest – the world is filled with extreme weather as it welcomes 2016.

A powerful and destructive North Atlantic low-pressure system brought eastern Canada an unusually warm holiday period, climbing to a spring-like 16°C in Montreal on Christmas Eve.

This was followed by heavy snow from Ontario to the Maritimes.

In the United States, tornadoes and floods left almost 50 dead.

The mighty Mississippi River has already exceeded overflow levels by four metres in some areas.

Scientists say the common cause of these events is a strong El Nino, a weather phenomenon which emerges every few years on average.

Record rainfall has brought unprecedented flooding to England and Scotland and Britain’s mean December temperature was a record-breaking 8°C, smashing the previous high of 6.9°C set in 1934.

With El Nino showing little sign of running out of steam, many scientists say 2016 could be even warmer than 2015.

Cold Easter in UK

Courtesy Accuweather.com

Courtesy Accuweather.com

The coldest temperature ever recorded for 31 March was set in Braemar, Scotland with a low today of -12.5°C.

It was also chilly in London this morning with a low of -2.8°C, several degrees below normal.

The UK Met Office reports that the average monthly temperature across the entire United Kingdom was 2.5-3.0°C below normal – the coldest March since 1962.

Meanwhile in Greater Moncton, it was a pleasant Easter day with sunshine and a high of 10.0°C – the warmest daytime high of the month.

UK calls in military for help in heavy snow

Snowy in Cargan, Northern Ireland, UK, 25 March 2013 (Reuters)

Snowy in Cargan, Northern Ireland, UK, 25 March 2013 (Reuters)

Heavy snow – as much as 30 cm or more – has blanketed parts of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and northern England paralyzing travel.

A military helicopter was brought in to aid farms and families who were stranded in the unusual spring snowfall.

Many homes are still without power for a fifth straight day.

London has so far escaped the heavy snow but temperatures remain below freezing.

Britain battered by storms

Saltcoats, Scotland, UK, 08 Dec 2011 (Rutherford photo)

Stormy weather is expected to continue across England and Wales this week while parts of Scotland have been issued snowfall warnings.

Strong winds brought down trees and power lines on Monday night as gusts reached 110 km/h in southern England.

The UK Met Office warned that snow could fall on higher ground in parts of central and northern Britain.

The unsettled weather follows storms last week which left thousands of homes without electricity and led to widespread school closures.