After this winter, the good folks of Great Britain might be grateful for a little global warming. As for now, even the temperate south of England is about to look like Alaska:
Met Office warns of 40cm of snow within hours in South East
The Met Office tonight issued an emergency alert warning that London and the Home Counties could be buried by more then 40cm (16in) of snow overnight.
As the Arctic cold snap was forecast to make this Britain’s coldest winter for 30 years, residents of counties including Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire were advised to take action to avoid the worst of the snowfall.
A Met Office meteorologist said the highest level of alert had triggered a warning for the emergency services advising them to prepare for the worst.
“This kind of warning is very rare,” he said. “It’s the level of alert we put out for the floods in the summer of 2007.”
The forecast warned: “There is a high risk of an extreme weather event affecting parts of southern England this evening and overnight. A period of exceptionally heavy snowfall is expected with accumulations of 15-30cm and perhaps in excess of 40cm.”
The snowfall in the South is expected to start in the evening and turn heavy overnight. The worst is forecast to begin in Wiltshire at around 9pm and reach London by 3am; it will continue until tomorrow evening, with the heaviest falls west of London.
Every county in Britain has now been made the subject of a Met Office severe weather warning. Hundreds of schools were forced to close, airports cancelled flights and the National Grid issued an alert for only the second time in its history.
Yet I’m sure Prime Minister Gordon Brown will insist on carrying out his mad, economy-killing plans to fight global warming, while elderly Britons have to burn books to stay warm.