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24 novembre 2011 4 24 /11 /novembre /2011 21:55

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BRITAIN faces a sudden shivering end to the exceptionally warm late autumn with temperatures plunging towards Siberian levels.

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Experts predict a bitterly cold December with thermometers falling at least as low as -15C (5F).
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Winter weather will arrive with a vengeance with temperatures well below zero within the next fortnight.

Experts then predict a bitterly cold December with thermometers falling at least as low as -15C (5F).

Snow could hit the country even earlier than last year when a big freeze at the end of November sent temperatures to -20C (-4F), crippling transport. And some forecasters fear that temperatures could plunge as low or even lower this winter.

 

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onathan Powell of Positive Weather Sol­utions said: “It will not be as sustained as last year, but these episodes are expected to be severe, with Siberian temperatures.”

 

The warnings came as the Government announced the Met Office will send out extreme weather alerts this year to the NHS, social services and other agencies in a bid to cut the 25,000 extra deaths winter causes in the UK.

Forecaster Brian Gaze of The Weather Outlook, said: “There are signs of a significant change in the mild weather in mid-November.

“The current mild weather is caused by a high-pressure block to our east, keeping us under a south-westerly flow of Atlantic air. But it looks as though high pressure could move further north west, allowing much colder air to filter across the UK from the north or east, with the risk of snow increasing.”

 

James Madden, of Exacta Weather, warned the theme of this winter would be “very cold and snowy across many parts of the UK”.

He said there would be “frequent and widespread heavy snowfalls during November to January across many parts of the UK and Ireland, with below-average temperatures”.

The new winter alerts will come in the form of one of four possible warnings depending on the severity of the conditions the Met Office expects.

Level One will initiate long-term planning, Level Two will indicate a 60 per cent risk of extreme cold for 48 hours, Level Three means severe weather is expected to impact on health and Level Four is a “major cold weather incident.”

 

Previously local areas were left to decide how to react to cold snaps.

 

The alert system is part of the Government’s Cold Weather Plan which also contains advice to individuals and carers, such as making sure at-risk groups get vaccinated against flu and keep homes heated adequately.

A minimum of 70F is being recommended during the day and 61F at night. Below that, the risk of heart problems, strokes and respiratory illness increases. Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: “Older people and those with long-term illnesses are particularly vulnerable to the cold and we need to be aware – within families, in communities and across the NHS – of how we can help others.

 

“Every year, there is a 20 per cent increase in deaths in the winter in England. By working together, this coordinated plan will help protect those most in need. We are determined to do all we can to achieve this.”

Michelle Mitchell, charity director at Age UK said: “The coalition Government has set a new emphasis on public health as one of its key objectives, and this Cold Weather Plan is a very important step in the right direction.

“Age UK will be building on this with its own winter campaign to help vulnerable older people live well through the cold months of the year.”

 

The Met Office said: “Our excess winter mortality, of an average 25,000 extra deaths in winter compared to other months of the year – 80 per cent thought to be due to the cold – is very poor compared to other countries in Europe.

“The aim of the cold weather alerts is to reduce winter mortality by allowing action to be taken, helping people and patients reduce the risks of cold weather.”

 

Source : Express.co.uk

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Eric 24/11/2011 22:08

YEAH. RIGHT.

23.11.11, 6:15pm

So it's now the 23rd November, we're supposed to be shivering in sub-zero temperatures, and instead?

Balmy air, a bit of rain now and then, not even a light frost.

When are we going to stop taking these doomsayers seriously?
They don't know any more than anyone else about when winter will kick in.

• Posted by: Nyree • Report Comment
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SACK THE SILLY WRITER

22.11.11, 7:40pm

in Siberia...temps reach minus 50...people put their food on the balcony....vehicles are triple glazed......why do you write such absolute rubbish?

• Posted by: truckt • Report Comment
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IT DIDN'T HAPPEN

19.11.11, 9:05pm

When I first read this article I was amazed how a Headline news story could be generated out of how 'Winter weather will arrive with a vengeance with temperatures well below zero within the next
fortnight'. Of course its November that's what happens.

Of course it didn't. Its actually been unseasonably warm.

When will the Daily Express stop these inaccurate shock stories?

• Posted by: MatthewBailey • Report Comment
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THIS WAS PREDICTED IN 2004

05.11.11, 6:38am

NOW THE PENTAGON TELLS BUSH: CLIMATE CHANGE WILL DESTROY US - 22 February 2004
- Secret report warns of rioting and nuclear war
- Britain will be 'Siberian' in less than 20 years
- Threat to the world is greater than terrorism
Already, according to Randall and Schwartz, the planet is carrying a higher population than it can sustain. By 2020 'catastrophic' shortages of water and energy supply will become increasingly
harder to overcome, plunging the planet into war. They warn that 8,200 years ago climatic conditions brought widespread crop failure, famine, disease and mass migration of populations that could
soon be repeated.

• Posted by: yaridanjo • Report Comment
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BRING IT ON,

02.11.11, 6:36pm

i am well prepared, and i wont be upping the heating either, energy company wont get nothing extra out of me, i was brought up in a time when coal fires ruled and there was no central heating and
winter was worse than anything we have now,we went to school in ankle socks in deep snow, we were not allowed to wear trousers, couldn't afford luxury of tights, they must be many people in this
country who also had a coal fire and no heating, it should be like this people worrying over extra heating costs, but it is, so i will just do what i did when i was younger, hot water bottles,
fleecy blankets, lots of home made soups,and warm drinks and keep the heating as low as possible.

• Posted by: jessica • Report Comment
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WINTERS IN MY DAY

02.11.11, 2:23pm

I always thought that snow and ice were to be expected in winter.I wasn't as badly off as Monty Python's Yorkshiremen, but central heating, do me a favour!, ice on inside of window, just the thing
for drawing faces on, lino on the floor? lap of luxury. Icy roads no buses, never mind boy youv'e got legs walk to school,so thats what my pals and me did, 3miles each way kept us fit. 60years
later still am .Fair play I dont particularly like dodgy weather , but was brought up to get on with it.Luckily my Children and grandchildren take me with a pinch of salt.oh blimey the old mans off
again. Its a different world now our upbringing may have been tougher but I think we had more freedom. We were the lucky ones. Keep cheerful.

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