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Scottish temperatures hit new March high
6 years ago

Scottish temperatures hit new March high

AberdeenTemperatures in March are usually closer to 10C in Scotland

Scotland has again broken the record for its highest-ever March temperature.


The mercury reached a new high of 22.9C in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, on Monday afternoon.


That beat the previous record of 22.8C, which was set at Fyvie Castle, also in Aberdeenshire, on Sunday.


Aviemore in the Highlands (22.3C), Braemar in Aberdeenshire (19.6C), Wick in Caithness (19.5C) and Kirkwall on Orkney (18.7C) also reached record highs for the month of March on Monday.


The average daytime temperature for March is usually about 10C.


The temperature in Aboyne was also the warmest ever recorded in the UK on 26 March.


Records were also broken across southern and central Scotland on Monday, with Strathallan in Perth and Kinross and Charterhall in Berwickshire both recording 19.8C.


The weather station at Bishopton in Renfrewshire, which records temperatures for Glasgow, broke its March record on Sunday at 19.5C and was close to equalling that on Monday.


The previous Scottish high was 22.2C set in March 1957 at Gordon Castle, in Moray, and again at Strachan, in Kincardineshire, in 1965.


The warmest UK March day on record stands at 25.6C, which was set at Mepal in Cambridgeshire in 1968.


The sunny spell saw the majority of the country enjoy a weekend of fine weather, warmer than southerly parts of continental Europe, including Barcelona, Nice, Majorca and Faro in Portugal.


BBC Scotland weather forecaster Stav Danaos said after a chilly night Tuesday would see little change, with all parts seeing plenty of sunshine, but maybe a degree or two down on Monday.



image of James Cook

James Cook

Scotland Correspondent, BBC News



Scotland is basking in the dry, dusty air of the desert.


The heatwave is being driven by high pressure which is scooping up warm air from North Africa.


That air is being driven clockwise across the Mediterranean, over Europe and on towards the British Isles.


As it arrives in Scotland - from the west - it brings a taste of another continent.


"You can smell the camels" says one forecaster.


But that alone doesn't explain why inland Aberdeenshire is so hot.


That can be attributed to the Föhn effect: as warm air is driven up over the Grampians it loses moisture and becomes even warmer in the lee of the mountains.


The Met Office say we can expect to enjoy the sunshine for a few days.


But colder air is lurking to the north.


And by the weekend it might even be snowing in Shetland.



6 years ago

We've had a warm spring here in the US as well.   It happens periodically.   The liberals will gloat it is global warming but it's a cyclical happening.   I remember as a child big snow storms and then they went away in the winter, then came back....then went away....and then returned.

6 years ago

Diane, it is lovely in the UK at the moment very warm, hope the weather stays as it until Novemeber or December then picks up abit.

6 years ago

It has been beautiful on the east coast as well, Ray, until today, ugh, colder temperatures this morning but will warm up by mid-day.  


I love visiting England.  One of our upcoming trips will be to the cliffs of Dover.   We'll spend 6 days exploring on our own all around that area.   At the moment we are researching a trip to Costa Rica for Christmas and New Years.  Follow the sun....LOL!   Spend the children's inheritance!!

6 years ago

Ray and Diane, it was cooler yesterday and last night actually cold, but today the sun is out again and 74 climbing to 77 tomorrow and Thursday, and then in the mid 70's until Monday when it is to be 78; so it looks like we are going back up, Diane.  


Ray, I am looking forward to visiting England, Ireland and Scotland sometime in the future; I would like to viist the places where ancesters lived.  I entertained a couple of women from England about 18 years ago while they visited my hometown of Spokane in Washington State.  They told me that they were from Yorkshire and that that area was very similar both in geography and climate to Spokane, so that would be nice to see, too.


No, it is not global warming at all; Spokane has had milder winter too and that happens there about every 5-6 years since I was a child; nothing unusual.

6 years ago

Global warming is a liberal lie.  Al Gore is an idiot.

6 years ago

"Al Gore is an idiot."  Diane, that's repetitive and redundant!  lol



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6 years ago

Diane, aren't most of the things that the liberals make a cause either a lie or distorted beyond recognition.  And it gets more outrageous with each new "cause".

6 years ago

Linda, I was in Stafford only last week, and I enjoyed it, mind you in the Countryside in the early hours is still frostly but when the sun breaks through is lovely and then the sunsets are out of this world,


like I say I hope it stays very sunny and warm until November or December then I hope it picks up abit.


Parts of Kent in the South East of England are facing an Hose Pipe Ban due to lack of water, the people in South must be drinking like fishies down there for the amount of rain England as have in the last few years, at one point I though we would need a boat not a house to live in.


Diane I must agree with yourself, anyone who believe we have entered Global Warming is a complete idiot and are in need of admitting into hospital under mental health act 1983 under a section for an Assessment


Global Warming Models Are Wrong Again
6 years ago
The observed response of the climate to more CO2 is not in good agreement with predictions. By WILLIAM HAPPER

During a fundraiser in Atlanta earlier this month, President Obama is reported to have said: "It gets you a little nervous about what is happening to global temperatures. When it is 75 degrees in Chicago in the beginning of March, you start thinking. On the other hand, I really have enjoyed nice weather."

What is happening to global temperatures in reality? The answer is: almost nothing for more than 10 years. Monthly values of the global temperature anomaly of the lower atmosphere, compiled at the University of Alabama from NASA satellite data, can be found at the website The latest (February 2012) monthly global temperature anomaly for the lower atmosphere was minus 0.12 degrees Celsius, slightly less than the average since the satellite record of temperatures began in 1979.

The lack of any statistically significant warming for over a decade has made it more difficult for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and its supporters to demonize the atmospheric gas CO2 which is released when fossil fuels are burned. The burning of fossil fuels has been one reason for an increase of CO2 levels in the atmosphere to around 395 ppm (or parts per million), up from preindustrial levels of about 280 ppm...

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6 years ago

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6 years ago

Ray, I found a comfy houseboat for you and the little lady to live keep your feet dry and your glass filled LOL!!


House boat in India over tropical palm on the river Stock Photo - 4410295

6 years ago

Diane, I love my houseboat, it is very very comformable, I can now  across the pond instead of  then once I have arrived in the  I can get on my and ride to join in thedrive, afterwhich I will have a then meet up with with one of my American friends  then sitdown to a nice   of Tea or Coffee, then maybe with my friend permission go out for the everning too see one of my American friends play on his  and watch my other American Friends   and have paint of after this it will be time for competely wornout, wake up in the morning then back to in my houseboat. 



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6 years ago

Ray, that is quite the houseboat.  And once again, Diane, he has outdone himself. The creative time and effort Ray; you have out done yourself.  

Drought conditions spread in England
6 years ago

28 March 2012 Last updated at 10:58


Drought conditions spread in England

Satellite image of cloudless Britain

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Drought has spread in England, with parts of East and South Yorkshire now officially affected.


The Environment Agency said public water supplies should not be affected, but lower river and groundwater levels meant businesses and farmers taking water from rivers should use it wisely.


The agency has already declared drought in areas of the South East and East Anglia.


Seven water companies in those areas are to impose hosepipe bans on 5 April.


Yorkshire Water said it did not anticipate any restrictions such as hosepipe bans for the time being.


In a statement, the company said it would constantly review the situation "as the dry weather continues".


"Our regional water supply system gives us flexibility, what it doesn't give us is an unlimited supply of water, so we would always encourage our customers to only use what they need, when they need it."


As the warm spell across the UK continued on Tuesday, firefighters were involved in tackling blazes in North Yorkshire, south Wales, Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders.


The grassland fires in Scotland, which had broken out on Monday afternoon, took until Tuesday evening to extinguish.


Owing to clear conditions and its elevated position across a front of 1km-2km, the Dumfries blaze was visible as far away as Workington in Cumbria.


A Royal Navy helicopter from HMS Gannet at Prestwick was used to move firefighters and equipment across the remote hillside.


On Hanging Moor, in Thruscross, it took more than 35 firefighters almost 12 hours to bring a blaze under control, after being called to the scene early on Tuesday afternoon.


In south Wales on Tuesday, a grass fire spread to a house, garage and electricity poles near Pontardawe in the Swansea Valley, while forestry in the Rhondda Fach was also hit by a spreading grass fire.


The Environment Agency has warned that above-average rainfall could be required in coming weeks if drought is not to spread more widely.


Two dry winters have led to concerns that wetlands, ponds and streams could dry out, damaging wildlife including amphibians, aquatic insects and wading birds.


The Environment Agency offers water-saving tips including:

  • Don't leave the tap running while brushing teeth, shaving or washing hands
  • Reuse bath water for house plants or in the garden
  • If letting the tap run until water gets hot, collect and use to water plants
  • Keep a jug of water in the fridge, to avoid running tap until water gets cold
  • Wash fruit and vegetables in a bowl rather than under running tap
  • Wash cars with a bucket. Or not at all - just keep headlights, mirrors and windows clean
6 years ago

Back to Normal, lousy Weather on the way Snow in Scotland, Rain for England, thats Summer over and done with.


Sounds if it's coming across from America, all we want now is Obama been blown across that would put the tin lid on it, for the UK.


Temperatures drop by 20 degrees

A drop in temperatures of up to 20 degrees in less than a week will be accompanied by snow in Scotland and northeast England.


BBC Weather's Chris Fawkes explains what's caused the cold plunge across the UK.

6 years ago

   Ray, that could be considering that we went from 80 degrees to 70 and rain overnight.  Now it is April showers, so Spring is finally here, it just allowed us about a month of summer first.


Snow and ice return to parts of Scotland
6 years ago

Snow and ice return to parts of Scotland


Snow in Aboyne - pic by James Cook


Snow was lying in Aboyne just one week after it recorded record high temperatures for March

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Wintry weather has returned to much of Scotland - with 15cm (6in) of snow in Aberdeenshire.


Grampian Police said Moray had taken the brunt of the poor conditions but so far there have been no reports of major disruption. In the Highlands, the A939 Grantown-on-Spey to Dava and the B9007 Carrbridge to Ferness were closed due to heavy snowfall.


About 3,000 customers have been left without power after power line damage.



Those affected are in the Aboyne, Skene and Elgin areas.


Scottish Hydro said engineers were at work on the problem and they hoped to have everyone reconnected by Tuesday evening.


Grampian Police said up to 25cm (10 inches) of snow had accumulated in places.


Roads closed in the region included the A93 west of Kincardine O'Neil, which was blocked by fallen power lines.


The return of wintry weather follows the mildest March ever recorded in Scotland.


A week ago the temperature in the Aberdeenshire town of Aboyne reached 23.6C - the warmest March day on record.


The high in Aboyne on Tuesday is not expected to rise above 2C - and it will feel much colder in the biting wind and snow.


The Met Office issued amber warnings for much of Scotland and said drifting was likely over the Grampians.


James Cook says several inches of snow has fallen in Aboyne overnight

Overnight gritting



Across lower parts of the central belt it was estimated about 1cm (0.4in) to 4cm (1.6in) would fall in places.


The warning is in place until until 12:00 on Tuesday.


A spokesman for the Met Office said, with widespread ice developing on untreated surfaces in northern Scotland, the public should be prepared for disruption to transport.


He said drier conditions would spread slowly southwards across northern and central Scotland throughout Tuesday morning.


Transport Minister Keith Brown said: "This kind of weather is much more normal for Scotland than the superb weather we have had over the previous days. So we have had, for example, 124 gritters out overnight."



The minister praised forecasters for getting the conditions "spot-on" and giving warnings to people.


He said the Easter school holidays had helped ease the traffic management problem because the numbers on the road were much lower than normal.


"We think the snow will push through into the north of England today and behind that we will have some colder air later on today," Mr Brown said.


"That is something to be aware of because that can bring its own challenges in terms of freezing on roads.


"Beyond that we expect it to return to normal circumstances later on tonight and into tomorrow."


The late fall of snow has given Scotland's ski areas hope of more business after a disappointing winter.


Colin Matthews, operations manager at Cairngorm Mountain, said: "It's very wintry, I'm glad to say - very cold at the top of the mountains - minus six and drifting snow.


"It's very unusual not to have skiing in April so this is looking good."


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6 years ago

Matt Taylor from the BBC Weather Centre explains why the temperature has dropped so steeply  Video


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6 years ago

Of cause America is to blame for this weather, from the day Obama went into Office as President Britain has had lousy weather, hate to think what the games will be like when Obama opens them on June 27th, more than likely we will have an Hurricane coming through brought in by Obama.



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