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Saturday 27 December 2014

Northern Ireland winter will be even worse than last year

Northern Ireland hit by heavy snowfall in 2010
Northern Ireland hit by heavy snowfall in 2010
Christmas day 2010. Submitted by Sara Orr ,Gibbs Island Strangford
Readers' Winter Pictures Gallery Frosty Fermanagh. Submitted by Rachel, Fermanagh
Winter in western Canada. Submitted by Al
Belvoir park forest Belfast. Submitted by Clare Harvey
Belvoir park Xmas 2010. Submitted by Clare Harvey
Church of Ireland. Submitted by Steven Junk Newmills
Lasting Impression. Submitted by Tom, Dunmurry
Jay - King of Scrabo... submitted by Andrew Gison - Scrabo Tower
The carry harryville. Submitted by Hugh Blackadder Ballymena
Jordan's igloo, Bangor
No fish today!! Woodford Fishing Lake
Cushendun winter Wonderland. Submitted by Seammus Fyfe Cushendun
Robin redbreast. Submitted by Paul Hunter, Belfast
Coleraine Council's Jetty on the River Bann
Images from Belfast Telegraph Readers' Winter Pictures Gallery
Tullylish tower. Submitted by David Berry
Emily, Jack, Ryan & Alex enjoying snow in Hillsborough Sat 8 January 2011. Submitted by Henderson family
The last rays of sunset
Siw mile Water Park,Gordon Esler, Ballyclare . Co Antrim
Frozen river bann at coleraine marina. Submitted by Avril Law
Lady, Taken at Navan Fort. Submitted by Malachy McCreesh Navan Fort
Lagan thaw bursts banks & throws ice onto path by Philip McErlean, Belfast
Fancy a bath? Submitted by Diane, Lisburn
Readers Pics
Wallace Park, Lisburn by Tom Kirk Perth W.Australia
Stramore Road, Gilford by P Briggs
River Bann, Stramore Rd. Gilford by P briggs
Cave Hill Walk, by Tom Kirk Perth W.Australia
A Narnian Winter at Portavo ... by Hannah, Groomsport
Dalene Young's snaps taken around Tobermore
Dalene Young's snaps taken around Tobermore
Dalene Young's snaps taken around Tobermore
Northern Irish Global Warming - Mark Barfoot, Antrim, Lough Neagh
My two dogs in the snow - Paulo Ross, Ardglass, County Down
Ulsterbus Leyland Leopard 4107 at its new home in the Isle of Man. Richard Davis - Isle of Man
Killian and Odhran Maguire enjoying the view at this water fall in Boho - Barry Maguire Enniskillen
Empty fields - Stanley Mathers, Bready
Dromore Cathedral and the River Lagan on Christmas Eve - Scott Mackey - Dromore
Donaghadee Water Tower Sostice evening ... by Avril
Anchored ... by Joan Wilson
Xmas ball ... by Reymos in Belfast
White wedding @ Newforge House, Magheralin ... by Jenny Pearson, Markethill
Pickie Fun Park Bangor ... by Nicolas Soitout
Path at the old railway line in Donaghadee ... by Aidan Ferguson
Ormeau Embankment 22 Dec 2010 .. Philip McErlean, Belfast
Mussaden snow ... by Campbell Allen Bready
Lagan freezing ... by Philip McErlean, Belfast
Farmhouse ... Brian Portadown
Coastal Road Bangor ... Nicolas Soitout, Bangor
Blue Tit Preparing for the Big Freeze.... by Laura Rose McBride, Banbridge
Winter in Belvoir at sunset - James McCartney, Belfast
View to Ormeau Bridge, 22 Dec 2010 .. Philip McErlean, Belfast
Spiders Web @ Ballypalady Rd, Doagh, Co Antrim - Submitted By Simon Brown
Sunset - Jeremy Clifford Craigavon
Stephen Ryan snowboarding in the Mournes - by Simon Lennon
These roads are very slippy!!! - Longshot Rd, Doagh, Co Antrim - Submitted By Simon Brown
Northern Irish Global Warming - Mark Barfoot, Antrim, Lough Neagh
river scene near the Marina in Cole
George - wide eyed and bushy tailed. Submitted by Stephen Finlay, Doagh
Bangor
ballyholme
A quiet day, Bangor
A snowy Leap of Faith on the Stewartstown Road, Belfast. Submitted by Emma Toner
Snowy scenes in the Colin area of West Belfast. Submitted by Emma Toner
Broken down, North Down
Ward Park, North Down
McKee Clock, North Down
Granda Bob's garden, Killyleagh
Fire Mountain Carrigans Donegal. Submitted by Bert O Neill
Robin close up. Submitted by Matthew Harron , Limavady
Frozen apples. Submitted by Matthew harron , Limavady
Sun Up - Co Armagh. Submitted by Brian O'Reilly, Belfast
Sunset on Strangford Lough. Submitted by Michele, Greyabbey
Beautiful Sunny Afternoon @ Frozen Reservoir - Newline Rd, Carrickfergus. Submitted by Simon Brown
Carr Road, Lisburn, N Ireland. Submitted by Alister Hamilton
Carr Road, Lisburn, N Ireland. Submitted by Alister Hamilton
Snowboarding, Belfast
Fishermen , Movanagher Canal. Submitted by David McKendick
Chrissie Carson - Dundrod... Winter scene
David and Molly Fenning Lisburn
Chrissie Carson - Dundrod ... Little Bird
Chloe age 11 from Donaghadee...Alfie and Tacey the snow people
Brian Portadown Sunset at Bann Meadows
Brian Portadown Sunset at Bann Meadows
Bill Corr, Belfast
Avril Hughes, Lisburn ...photographs of the snow on the river Lagan towpath at Lambeg
Avril Hughes, Lisburn ...photographs of the snow on the river Lagan towpath at Lambeg 4
Avril Hughes, Lisburn ...photographs of the snow on the river Lagan towpath at Lambeg 3
Avril Hughes, Lisburn ...photographs of the snow on the river Lagan towpath at Lambeg 2
Arlene Barton, Aghagallon...school's out for winter
Adam Krauza Belfast Castle
Gerry, Sloan ... The Big Fish at Donegall Quay. Belfast
Gavin McVeigh Mallusk
Gavin from Mallusk ... Grays Lane Mallusk
Gary, Castlereagh. Merry Chrstmas
Gary, Castlereagh, icicles
G Morrow's icicles
Feldore McHugh, Belfast's Botanic Gardens
Feldore McHugh, Belfast Botanic Gardens
Evelyn McCullough - Portstewart Narnia
Evelyn McCullough - Arctic conditions in Portstewart
David Rainey, Belfast ...The tallest snowman in Belfast
David McFarland of Dollingstown... Lurgan Castle
David Fenning Lisburn Leisureplex
Scott Campbell Greenisland ...My bro spent his 22nd birthday building this 8ft snowman!
Roy Mallusk Snow fields
Roy Mallusk Snow field
Pauline Wilson ... Snowing at dusk in Coleraine
Pauline Wilson ... snowy bridge, Coleraine
Pauline Wilson .. Coleraine
Patricia Mackey, Newtownards ...Movilla Cemetery
Emma, Keira and Jamie Goldring. Helen's Bay...igloo
Martin Vinall Bangor Abbey
Kieran Monaghan, Glengormley A lone shopper braves the journey home
Kevin McConnell, Crumlin ... the snowman we built in our street
Ian Graham Belfast ... squirrel taking shelter & stocking up on nuts
Terry Irvine Ballyclare... Sixmile sunset
Steph & Katie
Stacey Dougan, Richhill, Co. Armagh ...View from top of Maynooth Road Richhill
Rod Mulholland. Tobermore church of Ireland. Dec 2010
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, Seskinore Winter in Tyrone. Dec 2010
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, Seskinore Winter in Tyrone. Dec 2010
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, Seskinore Winter in Tyrone. Dec 2010
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, Seskinore Winter in Tyrone. Dec 2010
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, Seskinore Winter in Tyrone. Dec 2010
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, Seskinore. Winter in Tyrone. Dec 2010
Robert Telford .... Rays Wood, Antrim. Dec 2010
Rod Mulholland .... Tobermore church of Ireland.
Jo, Dromore Ghostly abode!
Darrell & Shirley Monteith, SeskinoreCaption: Dun SeedinYour email: darrell.universal@btinternet.com
Looking through my windscreen at the ice. By Mark Johnston, Bangor. Dec 2010
Snowboarding in the Mournes. By Shagster. Dec 2010
David McKendrick's snowy Movanagher lock. Dec 2010
The Marquis of Downshire Memorial, Hillsborough by Graham Construction
Frank, from Limavady. Benone looking towards Donegal. Dec 2010
David Montgomery, Killyleagh Co. Down. Delamont Country Park at Sunset. Dec 2010
sterling newtownabbeyCaption: frosty afternoonYour email: roy36@hotmail.co.uk
Frosty afternoon by Roy. Dec 2010
Newtownabbey frosted web Roy. Dec 2010
Having fun when their school is closed, Matthew and Owen Irvine, Maghaberry. Dec 2010
Gavin Miskelly, Darragh Cross, Mourne Mountains, Co. Down
Alison Lynas... Wacky Races at Burntollet Bridge
Santa arrives in Derry early by Gary Nash. Dec 2010
My son Martin and snowman. By Jackie in Crumlin
Donemana by Isobel Brown. Dec 2010
Emma Carson, Garrison, County Fermanagh .... Max the dog is ready for a snowball fight
Paul in Belfast ....The Silent Courtyard, Farnham Estate, Cavan. Dec 2010
Paul in Belfast ... Frozen Steps, Farnham Estate, Cavan
Paul in Belfast ... The White Garden, Farnham Estate, Cavan. Dec 2010
Frosty afternoon Templepatrick. By Roy. Dec 2010
Brian, Portadown: River Bann 7/12/10
Knockagh monument...by Ttim, Carrickfergus
Carole, Banbridge .... Home from school!
Garden Carwood Ave. Our Stephanie by Mervyn Ellis
Killygullen Lisnaskea. Taken by Eleanor Kerr
Brian McCalden, Glengormley ... Horses Glebe Road
Brian McCalden... Horses Glebe Road Glengormely
Tim, Carrickfergus ... Portrush harbour
Niall McCaughan. Cannons on the Derry Walls
Chess on the Lawn, Farnham Estate, Cavan by Paul in Belfast
Julie-Anne and Noel enjoying our Tenth Wedding anniversary at the Sleive Donard
Co Tyrone.... lovin it. Submitted by Ann. Dec 2010
Tropical palm in Portrush. By Jean Elliott
Coolnasillagh, Co. Derry. By Joe O'Kane
Paula Cuesta from Segovia assists with Winter Graduation arrangements at Queen's. Picture by Barbara Groves
The Cave Hill by Bill Corr
On the hill...by Bill Corr, Belfast
Hello Snow!...by Jean Elliott, Portrush
Fog over Belfast...by Bill Corr
Belfast Castle. Picture by Bill Corr
The Mourne Mountains, by Yvonne
Dawn on the wing, Belfast International Airport...by Steven Braiden
A red deer stag crosses the road as it comes down from the hills to the River Clunie near Braemar to forage for food as snow continues to cover much of the UK.
Looking towards Slieve Binnian, Mourne Mtns - by Jon, Portadown
Fiend or foe.... By Robin McCormick. Dec 2010
Silent Valley from Slieve Lamagan, Mourne Mtns - by Jon, Portadown
Craigavon Lake. By J O'Neill. Dec 2010
My Son Zack enjoying the snow. Dec 2010. By Trish Taylor in Derry
Spelga Dam 1.12.10 Taken by Ronan Sherry
Craigavon Lakes 1/12/10. Brian Portadown
My chocolate labrador Levi . Jason Davidson Ballymoney
Mournes snowboarding. Submitted by Gav
Sammy & Harvey enjoying the snow by Miriam Taylor, Belfast
Swans on the canal, Ballynahinch. By Pauline Rainey. Dec 2010
Broadwater Canal Aghalee. By Michelle Myles, Maghaberry
Foraging for food , Ballyclare. By Joan Wilson
Snow covered Brooke Park, Derry
Baby, it's cold outside!. By Sinead Hoben, Newry
Summit of Donard. By Brian, Portadown Caption:
Snowman. By Rod Mulholland Nov 2010
Little Aoibheann McElhone from Claudy braves the cold to make a snowwoman
Adam Kerr (6) makes the most of the snow on monday as he adds the finishing touches to an igloo at the Playtrail in Londonderry.
Stramore Road. Gilford. By 'jocorleone' Nov 2010
First time on a sleigh. Submitted by Jenny Kordys, Drumaness Nov 2010
Two-year-old Sophie Duffy enjoys herself after falling out of her sleigh at LIsnagelvin in Derry
Dromore Lane. By Rod Mulholland.Tobermore. Nov 2010
St Canice's Church Eglinton . By Willie Robb Eglinton Nov 2010
Frozen Cat: By Pauline Belfast
Craigavon lakes frozen and dusted with snow. By Jeremy Clifford, Craigavon Nov 2010
Kells, Antrim.Submitted by 'keveddy'

A white Christmas may be a safe bet this year as another cold winter with plenty of snow being predicted by forecasters.

Last winter was Northern Ireland's worst in a century with record freezing temperatures, but an alert has been issued that this year could be even worse.

The blustery winds and falling leaves in early September have signalled the end of what was the coldest summer in two decades.

Now weather forecasters are predicting a brief autumn before we embark on another severe winter, with the first snow predicted to fall as early as October.

James Madden, a long-range forecaster, said the severe winter could have "huge implications" for the UK and Ireland's infrastructure.

Ice and snow caused chaos on roads and pavements last year in Northern Ireland. Thousands were left without water when household pipes that had been frozen burst over Christmas. Mr Madden said: "As we head towards winter, I expect to see the first signs of some moderate to heavy snowfalls as early as October or November in certain parts of the UK.

"I expect December, January, and February to experience below average temperatures, with the heaviest snowfalls within the time frame of November to January across many parts of the UK.

"The areas we expect to be worst hit throughout include the vast majority of Scotland and the Scottish Highlands, northern England and Northern Ireland."

The grim forecast comes as fuel costs are set to soar with energy companies increasing their prices this autumn.

Last December was the coldest in 100 years with temperatures quite regularly falling to between -10 and -20°C overnight.

Factfile

  • December 2010 was the coldest recorded December in Northern Ireland. It was also the sunniest.
  • The mean temperature last December was a chilly 0.6°C
  • The coldest place in Northern Ireland was Castlederg, Co Tyrone, known cynically as 'Castleiceberg', on December 23 when temperatures plummeted to -18.7°C

Hot tips for winter

  • Make sure you know how to turn off the water. This avoids damage if pipes freeze.
  • Have a supply of winter fuel to avoid the cold if the heating stops working.


  • Have disposable BBQ trays at home in case the cooker stops working due to power cuts.
  • Buy a shovel and have a bag of salt in stock to keep paths clear and safe.
  • Get batteries to keep torches powered.
  • Have a water container or two in the event of cut-offs.


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