Firstly, I’d just like to disclose that the title of this post is utter bollox. It got you to click on this post though, didn’t it? Well, these click bait titles are exactly what every other site is doing right now, homing in on the fact that it is actually going to snow in March and making it seem like it’s the end of the fucking world!
Here are a couple of examples:
UK weather forecast: SHOCK chart shows UK set to be BURIED in snow as Siberian freeze hits – Sunday Express
The ‘Beast from the East’ is coming! Siberian winds will sweep snow as far south as LONDON and bring a daytime wind chill of -4C in ‘prolonged’ big freeze – Daily Mail
Seriously? When did we become such wimps?
Yes, it is going to snow in March and yes, it probably will cause a bit of disruption to daily life and yes, it most definitely will be cold (it usually is when it snows)… The fact is, we have been told for years that the Ice Age is coming and every year without fail when snow is forecast it is suddenly the foretold end of civilised society and the start of the apocalypse.
In the UK on the 2nd March 2018 snow is forecast and here are the predicted temperatures in degrees Celsius for that weekend:
Friday, actual temperature from 6am to 9pm: -1 to 0, feels like -7 to -2.
Saturday, actual temperature from 6am – 9pm: 2 to 3, feels like -2 to -1.
The Met Office states that 1st March – 10th March ‘it will begin very cold with sunshine and snow showers’ they go on to say, ‘Friday could see heavier snow and disruptive snow developing across southern and some central areas, combined with strong gale forced winds, leading to blizzard conditions. However, there is a lot of uncertainty with this.’
The Met office do state that there may be significant wind chill and overnight frost which could be widespread and severe in some places.
Okay, so we’ve confirmed it’s going to snow and there is a chance it could be not quite what we are used to in March… still, nothing we haven’t experienced before at different times in the year.
I decided to look into the weather in Canada as a comparison. According to weather-and-climate.com, daily averages in many regions of the country are near -15 degrees Celsius but can drop below -40 degrees Celsius. In non-coastal regions, snow can cover the ground almost 6 months of the year.
I think it’s pretty safe to say that the UK is safe.
For all of those who are worried about the slight drop in temperature this March, wrap-up, invest in some gloves and stick the heating on, oh, and be glad your not in Canada!
On a serious note: There are those who are a lot more vulnerable than the rest of us, if snow comes remember to check on your elderly and vulnerable neighbours, don’t drive unless necessary and keep your pets indoors. It may not be the end of the world but it’s better to be safe than sorry!