Thursday, February 05, 2009

Here in India we are discussing the "heat in Summer", and the various records broken by the high temperatures. But, in U.K. the cold spell is breaking the other extreme records !

The British snows followed a cold spell that swept westward over the North European Plain and into southeastern England. The heaviest snows hit London on Sunday night and Monday with local amounts of 6-12 inches (15-30 cms). A snow depth of at least 8 inches was observed on the Channel Island of Guernsey--a most unusual happening.
The worst hit areas were the southwest of England and the Midlands. Hundreds of schools in the Bristol area were closed after 10cm (4 inches) blanketed the city overnight. Other counties affected included Shropshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Devon, Northamptonshire, Staffordshire, and Leicestershire.
Areas to the northwest of London were hit by heavy snow.
Cold in western Europe, not only snow, has made news this winter. But eastern Europe, including the Russian heartland, has seen rather limited cold.
In Moscow, the last four months have been unusually mild, December and January exceptionally so. However, the end of January and the start of February have had the winter's coldest weather thus far. At the coldest, it has been -22 to -26 degrees C.
Meanwhile, as discussed about India, the new records have been given in this link by the IMD. Many cities have broken their January records for high temperatures!

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