UK weather: January 2021 was coldest in 10 years with more wintry conditions this week

Posted: February 2, 2021 by oldbrew in News, weather

Credit: Met Office

January 2010 was itself described as the UK’s coldest January since 1987. All three of these cold months occurred within a year or so of a solar minimum (end of a solar cycle). Cold weather and snow are continuing in some parts today, but not on a par with the current major US snowstorm.
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The average temperature last month was 2.2C – the coldest January since 2010, Sky News reports.

This makes it the coldest January since 2010, when the average was 0.9C.

The coldest January on record was 1963, when conditions averaged -1.9C.

This week there are weather warnings for snow, ice and rain stretching from the Scottish Highlands down to the Midlands and across to Northern Ireland until Sunday.

An amber Met Office warning for snow is in place until 1pm on Tuesday across the north of England, with between one and six inches falling in Derbyshire, West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.

Full report here.

  1. tallbloke says:

    “The coldest January on record was 1963, when conditions averaged -1.9C.”

    That was pretty near a solar minimum too.

  2. oldbrew says:

    The Met Office said January had an average temperature of 2.2C – the coldest across the UK since 2010 when the average UK January temperature was 0.9C.

    It has also been the coldest calendar month since March 2013, which also recorded an average temperature of 2.2C.

    The coldest January on record was 1963, with a mean temperature of minus 1.9C.

    And the cold weather is not likely to disappear any time soon.
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    Unlucky for Met Office warmist climate modellers 🤔

  3. saighdear says:

    Well I dunno , once again , it appears that we in Scotland ( N.) are at odds with the rest of you (as usual). So if Jan 2010 average was 0.9C, then we must be warming, eh? comeagain, our SOIL has remained FROZEN since around Christmas 2020. Locally recorded +4 to 5C at times and yet the soil continnues to freeze. ALSO:in the early 80’s ( 80, 81 & 82 from memory) it was very dry and cold – tar upheaval since there was no snow covering, or snow de-iced and then remained dry for several MONTHS thereafter. so temps must have averaged > +0C ??. Just all more fake news/ reporting .

  4. oldbrew says:

    Snow warnings spread out across Scotland for seven days
    Published 4 hours ago

    The heaviest snowfalls could see up to 40cm (16in) over the Grampians with smaller amounts at lower levels.

  5. NeilC says:

    Yup, a cold month 3.1C colder than Jan last year, that’s global warming for you.

  6. oldbrew says:

    Snowfall totals from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut
    Tuesday, February 2, 2021

  7. Phoenix44 says:

    I’m not convinced global temperatures on average are going to be low for January? This looks like the highly variable distribution of energy we get in the atmosphere – below average here, above average somewhere else – that the media/Met Office forget about when its hot here.

  8. MrGrimNasty says:

    The Central England Temperature 363 year data set says Jan mean:

    1795 -3.1C (coldest Jan)
    1963 -2.1C (5th)
    2020 +6.4C (348th joint)
    2021 +3.1C (149th joint) coldest Jan since……
    2009 +3.0C (140th joint)
    2010 +1.4C (64th joint) coldest Jan this century.

    Jan 1940/1/2/4 and 1985/7 were all very cold under +1C.

    The coldest month this century was Dec 2010 -0.7C, the second coldest December in all 362 years, only just missing out to 1890 -0.8C

  9. oldbrew says:

    BBC weather forecast expects cold and snowy conditions for many parts of the UK in the next 10 days, as we’ll be north of the jetstream and exposed to easterly winds.

    The Mirror lays it on thick…

    UK weather: Six days of snow ahead with heavy blizzards to ‘cut off’ areas for days
    The Met Office has warned that almost 20 inches of snow could fall in parts of the UK this week, potentially cutting off some communities as downpours also lash the country

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