Coldest UK winter for over 30 years

5 March 2010

Heavy snow affecting roads and pavements Provisional figures from the Met Office show that the UK winter has been the coldest since 1978/79.

The mean UK temperature was 1.5 °C, the lowest since 1978/79 when it was 1.2 °C.

Since mid-December cold weather has often dominated much of the country, with spells of snow and very low temperatures. From southern England to northern Scotland, heavy snow caused travel disruption at times through the season.

Overnight temperatures fell to -22.3 °C at Altnaharra, Highland - the lowest UK minimum since 1995.

Figures for the UK and its nations
 Nation Long-term average winter temperature (1971-2000) Provisional mean temperature (1 December to 24 February) 2009/10 Coldest winter since (mean winter temperature) Coldest winter (since 1914)
UK 3.7 °C 1.51 °C 1978/79
(1.17 °C)
1962/63
(-0.18 °C)
England 4.1 °C 2.12 °C 1978/79
(1.43 °C)
1962/63
(-0.56 °C)
Northern Ireland 4.3 °C 2.05 °C 1962/63
(1.51 °C)
1962/63
(1.51 °C)
Scotland 2.7 °C 0.24 °C 1962/63
(0.16 °C)
1962/63
(0.16 °C)
Wales 4.2 °C 2.09 °C 1978/79
(1.64 °C)
1962/63
(-0.33 °C)

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Last updated: 10 May 2011