And now, whilst the delights of the summer sunshine are still fresh in our minds, Britain has been warned of the possibility of the UK facing the coldest and snowiest winter for a generation.
Climate change does not mean that there will be no severe cold weather conditions during the winter months; it means that the weather will be less predictable and that there may well be greater extremes.
Now, temperatures are forecast to drop to below average for the time of year over the next few months.
Last Thursday night (21st September) temperatures dropped below 0C for the first time since mid- May. In Scotland, air temperatures dropped to -1C and road temperatures hit 0C. On some roads in Tyndrum, Stirling a hoar frost was visible on the roads. Then on Friday night 14 road sites dropped below 0C, most in Scotland and a few in the uplands of northern England. The lowest air temperature was recorded at Abington, South Lanarkshire at 06:50am on the 23rd when it dropped to -1C.
These temperatures are unusually low for the time of year. In comparison to 2012 the first ground frost in 2011 was on 14th October and in 2010 on the 17th October.
Basingstoke-based Hampshire Snow Clearance is reminding Facilities Managers and commercial property managing agents about the perils of snow and ice, especially with changes in legislation relating to prevention of slips and falls.
Hampshire Snow Clearance (www.hampshiresnowclearance.co.uk) operates a specialist snow clearance and early morning gritting service for commercial premises, retail parks, industrial estates, private schools and car parks in the Basingstoke, Odiham, Camberley and Hook areas of Hampshire.
Hampshire Snow Clearance Managing Director John Hicks explained, “Last winter caught out many Facilities Managers when the unexpected snow and ice put the safety of staff and customers at risk, caused inconvenience to many and resulted in loss of working days”.
“However, it is too late to start thinking about gritting paths, ice removal and snow clearance when waking up early one morning to find slippery ice on the pavements and roads. So we urge Facilities Managers to think about booking services now.” John added.
Hampshire Snow Clearance service also offers a gritting supplies and off-site storage facility so that businesses do not have unsightly grit and salt stocks occupying valuable car parking spaces.
Give Hampshire Snow Clearance now a call on 01256 220561 for a free site survey and quotation – don’t wait until the big freeze returns! Call now and help keep your staff and visitors safe, and help guarantee business continuity in adverse weather conditions.