Monday, 25 March 2013

Weather pattern to bring a heatwave – Met Office

The Met Office 3 month forecast suggests that the same pattern which brought the cold weather could also bring a welcome heatwave by the end of spring.
Just a nudge to the south will mean winds come in from much warmer parts of the Continent. Even if that does not happen, as the interior of Europe warms (including Scandinavia) it will mean that the UK enjoys much warmer weather and will be protected from westerly gales.
The forecast reads: “By late spring, blocking patterns can bring warmer-than-average conditions to northern Europe and the UK.”
Dr Liz Bentley, of the Royal Meteorological Society, said the “blocking pattern” that has caused cold winters and springs in the UK recently has been blamed on climate change as melting Arctic ice could have caused the high pressure to move south – just north east of Britain.
She also said the pattern could mean a warmer spring.
She pointed out that last year’s warm spring was caused by a similar blocking pattern, except it was a littler further south.
It is unlikely March will break the record of 1.9C in 1962.
Looking back at weather history - 

  • 1906
  • 1911
  • 1955
  • 1976
  • 1990
  • 2003
  • 2006
  • Spring 2011
  • Autumn 2011
  • 2012

  • The United Kingdom heatwave of 1911 was a particularly severe heat wave and associated drought. Records were set around the country for temperature in England, including the highest July temperature of 36C (97F) in EpsomSurrey, only broken 79 years later in the 1990 heatwave.
    The UK drought of 1955 and associated heatwave were a set of severe weather events that occurred over all parts of the country. The drought was the 7th worst drought in Yorkshire, and worse than the famous 1976 drought and heatwave in the region. The drought followed a period of extremely wet weather previous to the event, limiting the effects. However, the usual impacts were seen with water levels and the water table dropping and reservoirs running low.
    The 1976 United Kingdom heat wave led to the hottest summer average temperature in the UK since records began. At the same time, the country suffered a severe drought.
    The 1990 heat wave in the United Kingdom was a particularly severe heat event with temperatures hitting record highs of 37.1°C on 3 August. The temperature was recorded at NailstoneLeicestershire, and was a full degree Celsius above the previous record, set in 1911. However, this record was subsequently broken in the 2003 heatwave.
    The United Kingdom in general was suffering from a warm summer with temperatures well above average. However, Atlantic cyclones brought cool and wet weather for a short while at the end of July and very beginning of August before the temperatures started to increase substantially from 3 August onwards. Several weather records were broken in the United Kingdom, including the UK's highest recorded temperature 38.5 °C (101.3 °F) at Gravesend in Kent on 10 August. London also recorded 38.0 °C (100.4 °F)Scotland also broke its highest temperature record with 32.9 °C (91.2 °F) recorded in Greycrook in the Scottish borders on 9 August.[23]According to the BBC around 2,000 more people than usual died in the United Kingdom during the 2003 heatwave. 
    The 2006 European heat wave was a period of exceptionally hot weather that arrived at the end of June 2006 in certain European countries. The United KingdomFranceBelgiumNetherlandsLuxembourgItalyPoland, the Czech RepublicHungaryGermany and western part of Russia were most affected. Several records were broken. In the NetherlandsBelgiumGermanyIreland, and the UK, July 2006 was the warmest month since official measurements began.
    Spring of 2011 in the United Kingdom was exceptional for the warm weather which occurred during April and the dry weather which was persistent during March and April in certain parts of the UK. April was statistically the warmest and driest in the country since records began in 1910. There was a contrast between north-western parts of the UK which received substantial amounts of rainfall and south-eastern parts which received very little. As lack of rainfall continued in many parts during May, concerns arose that the country could submit to drought.
    High pressure was the cause for the warm, dry weather experienced during April. A high temperature of 27.8°C was recorded on 23 April at WisleySurrey, the highest temperature recorded in April in the UK since 1949.
     Thus, the Central England Temperature for the month was 3.7°C above the 1971-2000 average, and daily maximum temperatures were up to 6°C higher than average.
    Autumn 2011 United Kingdom heat wave was a period of unseasonably hot weather which arrived towards the end of September 2011 and continued into October. As a result, record high temperatures for the country were broken for the autumn months. The Autumn heat wave followed the warmest temperatures to occur on record in the Spring, but also the coolest temperatures to occur in the Summer months since 1993.
    March 2012 United Kingdom heat wave was a period of unseasonable warm weather with temperatures getting above 20 °C (68 °F) in many places. The average temperature for this time of year in the United Kingdom is 10 °C (50 °F). Aboyne, Scotland, recorded a temperature of 23.6 °C (74.5 °F) on 27th March, the highest March temperature in Scotland since records began.
    Historically when britain has a colder than normal March, April & May tend to be on average 22°C and 6°C over the national average. Years when this weather system happens see an above average summer.


    Thursday, 7 March 2013

    Easter & May Day 2013

    Stay @ Atlantic Coast This Easter

    Eggceptional, egghilarating and eggcellent…see what we did there? Make Easter all that more eggciting (sorry) by joining a egg hunt in Cornwall. We pick some of the best where you can get eggasperated (stop it) looking for clues!
    Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway - 30 March
    The Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway Easter Egg-travaganza (they’re at it too!) is offering a free Easter egg for all children. You can also enjoy some of the railway’s smaller engines, including the two little steamers Alfred and Judy, inspiration for Reverend W Awdry characters Bill and Ben in the Thomas the Tank Engine books.
    Pendennis Castle, Falmouth and Tintagel Castle, north Cornwall - 29 March to 14 April Can you crack the clues to complete the ‘egg-citing’ trails? Search for the clues around the grounds to be rewarded with a special Easter prize.

    St Michael's Mount - 6 and 8 April
    St Michael's Mount is the place to be this Easter for some special family fun. On Friday 6 and Sunday 8 April, take part in their Eggstra-special Cadbury Easter Egg trail around the village and harbour where hunting out the golden eggs will win you a delicious prize. This will be a family fun eggstravaganza and the day will also include face painting, egg and spoon races, a bouncy castle and musical entertainment by the island quartet GR8 Together. Easter Egg trail costs £2.00 per person and includes a free trail and prize plus all other activities free of charge.
    The Famous DairyLand Easter Egg Hunt - 29 March - 1 April
    Join Boris and Dazy from Good Friday to Easter Monday in a search for hidden chocolate treats – plus; take time to explore DairyLand as a family to find the hidden chicks.
    Paradise Park Easter Egg Hunt - 29 March - 1 April
    To celebrate Paradise Park's 40th birthday celebrations staff will be dressed up in a 1970’s theme, plus there will be some giveaways, specially reduced prices for a variety of items available at the park, and of course the Egg quiz trail with mini chocolate egg prizes.
    Easter at Newquay Zoo - 29 March - 14 April
    Join the troup of Easter bunnies at Newquay Zoo for family filled fun and games over Easter weekend. Take part in an amazing egg hunt, sponsor a duck in the daily duck race, make your own Easter hat and have a brilliant day out.
    Cornwall’s Crealy Great Egg-venture Park’s Golden Ticket - 29 March - 14 April
    Head to Crealey family adventure park from 29 March to 14 April and join in for a chance to be the lucky one who finds a Golden Ticket. Great prizes and activities throughout the holidays.  Plus there are great events with added characters including meet Peppa Pig on Tuesday 2 April and Tree Fu Tom Tuesday 9 April.
    Trebah Garden Easter Trail 29 March - 15 April
    The Trebah eggs have warmed up in the Spring sunshine and sprouted legs, they have run a mock in the garden, can you help identify what is hatching from each egg to receive a chocolate prize? Follow the trail around the garden to find the answers, £2 per child, normal garden entry rates apply.

    Stay @ Atlantic Coast This May Day

    What’s it all about?

    Celebrating the end of winter and the coming of spring is a tradition that stretches back hundreds of years in West Cornwall and St Ives rekindled its connection to the past when it revived its May Day festival a few years ago. The event offers fun and excitement for all the family.

    What happens?
    At midday at the Guildhall the Grand Bard and Mayor choose the May Queen and King and their attending Prince and Princess, in a ceremony known bizarrely as the “pee whip” The St Ives Guisers, dressed in their traditional black and white "mock formal" make an appearance, horn blowers herald the start of spring and there’ll be May sticks. At 1pm there’s a parade to the harbour where you can watch May pole dances, traditional Cornish dancing and music. Various local choirs and brass bands perform by the harbour throughout the day.

    How can you take part?
    Parking is plentiful at the top of the town or you can forget the car and take the beautiful branch line off the mainline railway from Penzance. Throughout the May Day celebrations there’s a fish barbeque by the harbour and for some local shopping a lively harbour market where you can stock up on some of the region’s produce.

    Did you know?
    St Ives is famous for being the epicentre of Cornish art. It was here that one of the biggest art movements of the 20th century was born, so during your visit include a wander through the old streets checking out the many art galleries.Visit Our Website Or Fill In The Form Below

    Saturday, 2 March 2013

    Spring Into Spring Special Offer

    Spring Into Spring

    Find new ways to relax. Spring is a wonderful time of blossom, scent and relief after the colder days. Think of all the butterflies blooming, the bees buzzing, and the smell of freshly-mowed grass. Allow yourself to unwind from the hardships of winter forbearance and rediscover how to relax. Here are some ideas to get you started:

    Spring Into Spring Special Offer

    Offer now available from 1st March 2013 2013 (hire fleet only)2nd - 29th March >>> 6th April 3rd May £225* 4th - 24th May £249*

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    Atlantic Coast offers a great selection of modern holiday caravans to choose from, with each comprising a comfortable lounge, spacious dining area, gas heating and colour TV, fitted kitchen with utensils, bathroom with shower and comfortable bedrooms. All our prices include gas and electricity, and caravans are regularly replaced.