Winter 2010 – 2011 Weather Review

The Winter of 2010/11 was the coldest winter in the UK for 31 years with the country experiencing the earliest widespread winter snowfalls since 1993.

Several local temperature records were broken, including a new record low for Northern Ireland of -18.7 degrees centigrade recorded at Castlederg on the 23rd of December 2010.

The cold snap arrived in the UK and Ireland on the 22nd November 2010. In the following days the snowfall became widespread, leading to severe travel disruption and the closure of schools and cancellation of sporting fixtures.

Snow depths were between 5 and 30 cm widely with 30 inches recorded in the Peak District.

On 2nd December 2010 the UK experienced particularly low temperatures in all major towns and cities, particularly in Scotland where the temperature dropped to -18 degrees centigrade in Aberdeen.

On 3rd December 2010 temperatures in England broke records with the lowest temperature of the winter recorded in Sutherland at -21.2 degrees centigrade.

The Winter saw many councils across the UK struggling to maintain stock levels of Grit Salt as the weather worsened.

The cold spell came in the run up to Christmas and was estimated to have cost the UK economy up to £1.2 billion per day, with the overall cost being £13 billion.