A chilly weather front that has engulfed Europe has now hit the UK. Bringing with it heavy snow storms and travel chaos. Many flights have been cancelled at Britain’s two biggest airports Heathrow and Gatwick. There have also been heavy delays on the country’s road network. The M25, London’s orbital motorway has had significant delays.
There is also another blast due in the morning, which is likely to cause more trouble on the roads and in the air. With the system being due to strike around the rush hour.
People who live in the East of England are also on high alert, as tidal surges have been expected to get over flood defenses and cause flooding. The Environment Agency has issues several weather warnings for Britain as it contends with the weather system. On their website, the Environment agency have warned those who live in the East of England to be on high alert due to higher than usual waves. They expect that it will cause significant travel disruption and coastal properties are liable to be flooded. They have been updating their information regularly and to keep abreast of developments you should visit their website at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency
The weather system has caused freezing conditions all over Europe and even as far as Turkey. It has caused massive disruption all over Europe. In Poland temperatures have dropped as low as -20c and the country has had several deaths which have been attributed to the weather. There has also been significant disruption in Greece and Italy, where the governments have laid on emergency heated tents for refugees. Greece is understood to have housed around 60,000 refugees during the cold snap. The story is similar for many Syrian refugees who are scattered across Europe with little shelter. Many are doing the best that they can to get out of the killer conditions. Many countries such as Greece have announced emergency measures to help them.
For the current spell in the UK it isn’t thought that the system will exist past the weekend. Meaning temperatures will return to the milder ones that have been seen in recent weeks. Though with maximums of 8c expected next week it isn’t exactly time to put your sunglasses back on.
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