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February 28, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Travellers in Europe are bracing for chaos as a blast of super-cold weather from Siberia blankets much of the continent in snow and produces a strange turnaround which has seen temperatures in much of Europe fall lower than those at the North Pole.

Warnings have been issued of delays at airports across Europe.

London’s Independent reported advice from British Airways: “We are sorry that the weather this week is likely to lead to some delays and disruption to our schedules. It is likely at times we will have to proactively cancel some services and re-book customers on to alternative flights.”

The airline is aiming to protect its long-haul schedule, which should help passengers to and from Australia. Passengers on short-haul and domestic flights to or from Heathrow or Gatwick up to this Friday, 2 March 2018, are able to reschedule for travel up to 21 March.

Scene near Berlin

Rome’s Fiumicino and Ciampino airports have been severely affected by heavy snowfall. As the so-called ‘Beast from the East’ storm hits Europe, Ryanair has cancelled almost 50 flights to and from Rome. Temperatures in Lithuania have plunged to minus 20C. London is around zero or marginally below, Berlin is forecast to plunge to minus 12C and Moscow to minus 24C.

At the same time, the Arctic is suffering freakishly warm weather for this time of year. The region is said to be heating up faster than anywhere else on earth, although the warming is erratic. The North Pole registered zero degrees C this week when it is usually far colder.

Arctic temperatures in February 2018 are averaging well above average and peaking up to 25 degrees higher than normal. Meteorological observers have described the freak happenings, which are being blamed on climate change, as “just wrong”, “weird”, “crazy” and “simply shocking”.

Cape Morris Jessup in Greenland, the world’s most northerly land-based weather station, hit 6C on Saturday, which scientists say is a comparative heatwave, about 35C above normal for this time of year. It was far warmer at Cape Morris Jessup than in London (shown below).

 

Written by Peter Needham

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