Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 May 2015

Cold weather shows no signs of letting up, Met Office warns

A family walking through a forest in the mountains overlooking Belfast in County Antrim
A family walking through a forest in the mountains overlooking Belfast in County Antrim
A young family enjoying a winter wonderland in County Antrim
Heavy Snow on the Glenshane Pass on Tuesday 28th Oct 08. Photo by Conor McDonald, Maghera
Snow and freezing fog conditions outside Broughshane, County Antrim
Teenagers make the most of the snow in the Sentry hill area of Ballymena
A forest in the mountains overlooking Belfast in County Antrim
The snow covered coastal village of Glenarm in Co Antrim
Passengers wait for flights
Livestock battle with the snow and freezing fog in County Antrim
Delays and cancellations of flights due to the snow in parts of England has left passengers not knowing if they were able to return home for Christmas. Above: Harry and Eleanor Davies
Delays and cancellations of flights due to the snow in parts of England has left passengers not knowing if they were able to return home for Christmas. Above: Paul and Paula Miller
Passengers at Belfast International Airport unsure if they are able to return home for Christmas
Sian and Tabitha Mathusamy
People enjoy the snowy weather conditions in Glasgow on December 22, 2009 in Glasgow, Scotland
Darragh Crowley (12) from the Waterside in Derry plays in the snow in St.Columb's Park
A child attempts to get his plough moving near Aldergrove, County Antrim
The snow caused chaos for some, but was a chance to have fun for others
A couple walk through heavy snow in Cheethams Park, Stalybridge, Cheshire
The cold snap has left motorists facing treacherous conditions across Northern Ireland
Shannon and Joshua Willoc play in the snow in St. Columb's Park, Derry
Darragh Crowley (12) from the Waterside in Derry plays in the snow in St.Columb's Park
Mark McFetridge enjoys the snow outside his Coleraine home
Lyndsey McBride walks her dog ' Heidi' at Stormont
10 years-ol Pablo O'Connor bounding along in his sleigh on the snow at Brooke Park, Derry
Nisha Stevenson and Sophia Thomasius sleighing in the snow at Brooke Park, Derry
Nisha Stevenson and her mum Anne McAteer sleighing in the snow at Brooke Park, Derry
A train travels through the snow near Ingatestone, Essex after a night's heavy snowfall
A horse in a field next to the River Chelmer in Essex, after heavy snow
Snow starts to fall over St Paul's Cathedral in central London last night
Laura Henderson, south Belfast
Snow on the Antrim Hills in Co Antrim
Up to 10 centimetres of snow has fallen in some parts of Northern Ireland causing disruption to flights and forcing the closure of some schools February 2009
Snow on the Antrim Hills February 2009
Snow brings Northern Ireland to a stand still. Left to right. Ciaran McMullan(6), Fiona Lenghan and Matthew O'Rourke from Carryduff pictured outside their houses playing in the snow. February 2009
Snow makes it hard for drivers near Hannastown February 2009
Heavy snow blankets Marden's Hill in East Sussex
Britain is braced for more freezing temperatures and snow
Clearing the snow, Belfast city centre, 6/2/1963 To purchase this photograph as large format canvas or acrylic visit Belfast Telegraph page on www.niphotocanvas.co.uk
Walking in the snow, Massereene Park, Antrim, 8/12/1966 To purchase this photograph as large format canvas or acrylic visit Belfast Telegraph page on www.niphotocanvas.co.uk
Workers clear snow from the Gotthard across in the Swiss Alps, Monday May 18, 2009, where the highest point is 2,108 meters above sea level. The pass will be reopened on May 27, 2009, after an estimated seven weeks of cleaning works and around 220,000 tons of removed snow, according to the removal team leader. The pass connects the German-speaking part of Switzerland with the Italian-speaking region of the country.(AP Photo/Keystone, Urs Flueeler)
Boris the Barbary lion at Belfast zoo. Submitted by Lisa Shilliday. 05/02/09
Pupils from Methodist College Belfast battle their way through the snow on the way to class
Caption: Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 5th February 2009 ..Pupils from Methodist College Mark Walker and Michael Rogers snow ball our photographer in University Road.....Mandatory Credit -Photo by Stephen Hamilton Presseye.com.
With no worries about outlook of further snow three-year old Kenneth Moore, Greenacres, Ballyutoag, Ligoniel, admires his giant snowman in the garden of his home. 21/1/1965
A U.T.A. bus which was abandoned in deep snow-drifts on the main Larne-Ballymena road at Shane's Hill. 30/11/1965
These cars found the Belfast-Aldergrove road very tricky as they manoeuvred slowly along on the hard packed snow. 16/2/1966
Snow plough trying to clear the drifts blocking the main Larne-Ballymena road at Shane's Hill. 30/11/1965
Allister Cosby (left) and Julian Parker, both aged nine, of Downview Park, West Belfast, were out early enjoying the snow. 3/12/1966
An army of workmen went out early clearing the snow in Belfast's city centre, before the first of the office workers arrived. 6/2/1963
Cold comfort -- snow may look pretty but it has us shivering in our boots

Wrap up warm for there will be no respite in Northern Ireland’s biting cold weather this week, the Met Office has warned.

Plummeting temperatures — bringing more than a touch of frost — will be the theme of the coming week as it emerged that last month was the coldest December in Northern Ireland since 1981.

The heavy snows which gave us a white pre-Christmas are not expected to return — although some light sleet and snow showers expected towards the north coast were likely to edge south later today.

The Met Office said there would be “no let-up” in the wintry period between tomorrow and Thursday, with daytime temperatures of around three degrees. Bright spells will be mixed with scattered snow showers and severe frosts inland.

The freeze continued to cause problems for motorists and black ice on a south Belfast street caused two lorries to crash on Saturday morning. A lorry driver crashed into the garden of a house in Windsor Avenue. A wooden pole smashed through his cab, just missing his face. He was not seriously injured. A second lorry driver in the same street crashed into a telecommunications box.

Yesterday a man crashed his car on the Stranmillis Embankment at the bottom of Ridgeway Street.

The continued cold snap follows confirmation that last month was the coldest December in nearly 30 years. Armagh Observatory said the month’s average temperature was 1.5 degrees, the coldest since 1981.

Yet last month also boasted sunnier weather than usual and nearly 54 hours of sunshine, about 40% more than is usual for the winter months.

Snow fell on seven days, from December 18 to 23 and again on December 30.

But the year was also the most sodden since 1981, with rainfall 10% higher than average.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland Water said “significant” progress had been made in its efforts to restore water to homes in the north and west. Just two properties in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, and one in Ballygawley, Co Tyrone, were having problems with their supply. The company, which has received nearly 14,000 emergency calls and repaired over 50 burst watermains since Sunday, said anyone with supply problems should contact its emergency number on 08457 440088.

“Our teams of staff will continue to work day and night throughout Northern Ireland locating and repairing burst pipes as the cold weather continues. It is still vital members of the public follow the advice we have issued and help us in the location and isolation of bursts on private and public land,” a spokesperson said.

NI Water has produced a short video on Youtube.com/northernirelandwater to show customers how to find pipes which can potentially freeze.

Celine Rodgers, head of external communications at NI Water, said: “We would encourage our customers to watch the video and take the time to ensure their pipes are protected.”

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