10th January 1982. C-C-C-Cold!
‘As the days lengthen so the cold strengthens’: old proverb.
On January 10th in 1982 the temperature fell to-26(c)-15(f) at Newport, Shropshire breaking the record for England which had been set only four weeks earlier.
However on the same day this was beaten by a record low temperature in Braemar, Scotland of -17(f) -27.2(c), equalling that of 1895, a record not to be matched until December 30th 1995, also in Scotland, at Altnaharra in Sutherland. (1)
The early 1980.s was cold as 1981 saw one of the severest Decembers of the 20thc when on the night of the 12th and the 13th temperatures went down to (0f) -18c in many places.(2)
The Author’s early years were cold and snowy as four of the six winters of the Second World War were very cold and snowy as there were five individual months which each had a mean temperature below 1(c) (34(f) over Central England: the Januarys 1940, 1941, 1942, 1945 and February 1942, and no month has fallen below that threshold since January 1987.
Braemar is the 3rd coldest low lying place in the UK after Dalwhinnie and Leadhills, having an average temperature of 6.8c and has twice entered British weather records with the lowest ever UK temperatures.
On 30th September 2015 Braemar had one of the largest recorded diurnal ranges in the UK with a maximum of 24c and a minimum of -1.3c.
However it was colder back then, as Professor Manley shows that the winter of 1683/4 has never been equalled for its severity.
He calculated a mean temperature in Central England for that winter quarter of 29.8f (-1.2c), compared with 31.5f (-o.3c) in 1962/3 the coldest of the 20thc, and 36.3f (2.4c) for 2009/10, the coldest in recent times.(3)
(1) On Monday February 11th.
(2) December 1981 was cold with mean Central England (CET) of 1c (34f) or below, the only time since seven examples of the 1800.s.
(3) The Central England Temperature statistics were compiled by Professor Manley of Bedford College.