Birds stressed by cold weather

Birds stressed by cold weather
9 January 2009

Wintering birds on the Somerset Levels are under stress due to the prolonged cold weather and the public are being asked not to disturb them.

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Fulham v Blackburn called off as cold weather hits fixtures

Fulham v Blackburn called off as cold weather hits fixtures
10 Jan 2009

Referee Rob Styles deemed a small area of the Craven Cottage pitch was unplayable and decided a postponement was the only option.

It means two of today’s scheduled Premier League matches are off after this morning’s postponement of Portsmouth v Manchester City, due to a frozen pitch at Fratton Park, following overnight temperatures of -7 degrees Celsius.

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The day the sea froze (and the cold shut down an ice cream factory)

The day the sea froze (and the cold shut down an ice cream factory)

It’s not often you can take your dogs for a walk on the sea…

But things got so cold yesterday that this stretch of coastline at Sandbanks in Poole, Dorset, froze over as the big chill refused to loosen its grip on Britain.

Locals said it was the first time it had happened since 1963, although there was a partial freezing of the sea in 1991.

Temperatures plummet to almost – 12 in some parts of the country making it chillier than Iceland and Greenland, and bringing with it the usual chaos on roads as cars crashed on the ice or broke down.

And the freezing weather claimed its oddest victim yet when an factory in Dartmoor, Devon, had to stop making ice cream – because it was too cold.

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Freezing temperatures: Sea frozen as cold weather grips Britain

Freezing temperatures: Sea frozen as cold weather grips Britain
07 Jan 2009

The cold weather snap across Britain plunged to new temperature lows causing the sea to freeze in Dorset and bringing chaos to the roads.

The sub-zero temperatures have frozen the sea at Poole Harbour in Sandbanks, Dorset, with ice reaching 20 yards from the shoreline.

Southern England, normally immune to the worst of the weather, was gripped by conditions colder than parts of Iceland and Greenland overnight as temperatures fell close to -12 Celsius (10.4 Farenheit)

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Hospitals on alert for chilly start to 2009

Hospitals on alert for chilly start to 2009
31 December 2008

HOSPITALS are on standby for a busy few days as the start of the new year brings plummeting temperatures.
Revellers planning a night out to see in the New Year this evening will have to contend with freezing temperatures as they make their way home in the early hours.
The Met Office has said the chilly conditions seen over the past few days are set to continue into the weekend, meaning a chilly start to 2009.

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Hospital swamped as cold snap hits

Hospital swamped as cold snap hits
11 December 2008

Ambulance crews have been severely delayed in reaching 999 calls because a surge in patients falling ill in the cold weather.

The casualty department at Portsmouth’s Queen Alexandra Hospital was swamped with patients yesterday afternoon and evening as the cold temperatures began to bite.

Up to 12 ambulances were forced to queue up outside the hospital during what the NHS described as ‘an unusual’ surge in people requiring emergency treatment.

Witnesses described corridors filled with patients on trolleys as accident and emergency staff worked hard to deal with the influx of people.

The majority of the patients attending hospital had suffered either collapses or chest pains brought on by the freezing temperatures.

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Schools close because of snowfall

Schools close because of snowfall
4 December 2008

More than 500 schools in northern England and Scotland have closed because of poor weather conditions.

Although forecasters say the weather is clearing up, police have warned drivers to continue to be careful on the roads.

In Lancashire, the Army was called out to help rescue 70 people trapped in heavy snow

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Nothing’s bleak about a cold midwinter

Nothing’s bleak about a cold midwinter
4 December 2008

Arctic winds, snow and frosts have come in such a blast this winter that the bookmakers report record numbers of bets on a white Christmas so early in December. The Met Office has issued a blizzard of severe weather warnings, telling us to wrap up warm, take care on the roads, generally scaring the living daylights out of everyone about the perils of cold.


Cold weather health warning

Cold weather health warning

A COLD weather health warning has been issued for the north west with temperatures as low as -8C (18F) on Saturday.

Heavy fog could make driving difficult and sleet and snow will fall on the Pennines and moors over the weekend.

The Met Office and Department of Health have warned of the devastating effects of such a cold spell – even for those who stay indoors. Elderly and vulnerable people could suffer heart attacks, strokes and pneumonia as a result of freezing conditions, they warned.

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Arctic Blast Set To Freeze Britain

Arctic Blast Set To Freeze Britain
November 18, 2008

Heavy snow and freezing gales are forecast to hit the UK this weekend as the country gets a blast of Arctic weather.

Blizzards are predicted for Scotland and most of the eastern coast of England, where temperatures could drop as low as -5C.

The Met Office is warning of heavy snow showers and biting winds of up to 70mph in exposed coastal and hilly areas.

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