Winter temperature records tumble across Yorkshire
UPDATE at 8PM
Very grateful to Michael Dukes at Meteogroup for getting in touch this evening. On reading this blog he tasked himself with trying to find an even colder temperature in Yorkshire. With the help of Philip Eden, familar to many with his columns in the Sunday Telegraph, he has found one!
Way back In February 1895, at a recording site at Thixendale, in the Yorkshire Wolds, Minus 22C was recorded. So maybe it's safer to say there's been a new modern day record established in Yorkshire today! (I've been to Thixendale, if ever there was a perfect frost hollow, Thixendale, sat in the bottom of a very sharp sided valley, is it)
The fact that today's records (all of the sites in the Vale of York have broken their winter records today) have been set so very early in the winter season illustrates further just how extra-ordinarily severe this cold spell is.
UPDATED at 11am
It's now been confirmed that last night was the coldest night ever recorded in Yorkshire with the mercury at Topcliffe in North Yorkshire falling to minus 19.0C.
Linton on Ouse has broken its record with minus 17.3 this morning, so too Church Fenton in West Yorkshire with minus 17.5C
Scampton in Lincolnshire has also broken its winter record, with Minus 13.6C.
Further to my last post, temperatures fell further at Leeming, and at 8.34am the mercury fell to an astonishing minus 17.9C (0F) at Leeming.
This makes it the coldest night ever recorded at the station, with records going back to 1945.
Topcliffe in North Yorkshire has fallen even further. At minus 19C (-2F) this could be a new all time Yorkshire record. I will update this blog as and when I get more information.