October 2008 United Kingdom cold wave

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The October 2008 United Kingdom cold wave was a spell of unseasonably cold weather that affected the United Kingdom during the final week of October 2008. This cold spell was notable as it brought the first October snowfall in the United Kingdom since 2003; it also set record low maximum and record low minimum temperatures,[1] and brought the first October snowfall in London and Northern Ireland since 1934.[2]

Snowfall[edit]

Snowfall was widespread on 28 October, with lying snow also widespread. There was more snow on the 29th. Snow lay to a depth of 3 cm (1.2 in) on higher ground and lay for three days in many places. This was caused by a shallow low pressure, which travelled SE across the country bringing down some unseasonably cold air along with it.[2]

Temperatures[edit]

Many places in the UK saw record low and record lowest maximum temperatures.

Daily maximum temperature records[edit]

A few stations which recorded record low maximum temperatures are:

Also, both Wales and Northern Ireland set national records for the lowest October daily maximum temperature. In Northern Ireland, at Killylane the maximum on the 28th was 2.7 °C (36.9 °F). In Wales, the maximum on the 29th was 2.2 °C (36.0 °F) at Alwen.[3]

A maximum temperature of 0.9 °C (33.6 °F) was recorded at Dalwhinnie on the 28th but his wasn't record-breaking.[2]

Daily minimum temperature records[edit]

A few stations which recorded record low minimum temperatures are:

  • Coningsby: −4.2 °C (24.4 °F) on 29 October.
  • Lyneham: −3.9 °C (25.0 °F) on 29 October.[1]

The lowest temperature recorded, although far from record-breaking, was −6.6 °C (20.1 °F) at Topcliffe.[2]

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