Is it going to be a cold winter?

21/11/2016 /
Electric Radiator Solutions Team

Are we in for a cold winter? Of course the answer to that is it depends where you live. In the UK there are big differences in average temperature between northern Scotland and the south coast of England. There is also an east/west split. Western areas experience more rainfall than areas in the east. Also, it depends on altitude. Temperature decreases by 1oC per 100m altitude. Hilly areas also see much more rainfall. Here at Electric Radiator Solutions, we are in the Vale of Mowbray/Vale of York which is an area of low lying land situated between the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors. The weather here can often be different than 20 miles in any direction. As Carol Kirkwood would say “The weather is more local than you think”.

There are also ‘cold spots’ or frost hollows around the UK. Parts of Oxfordshire are known as a frost hollow and parts of Cheshire can be really cold as cold air flows from the Peak District.

Factors Affecting Our Weather

The most important factors determining the British weather are the Atlantic Ocean and the prevailing wind. The ocean heats and cools slowly, so in Winter the relatively warm ocean keeps winters reasonably mild and without temperature extremes. Likewise, in the summer the ocean has a cooling effect so it doesn’t get too hot. The prevailing south-westerly wind usually bring mild and wet weather for the British Isles.

In Winter, large movements of air can change the jet stream and prevailing wind making the winter weather more unsettled. Warm air hitting cold polar air can result in snow. Wind from the east and north will bring lower temperatures.

In the UK, the coldest months are January and February. So far November has been quite cold, certainly colder than last year. So, we may be in for a long winter!

Predicting the Weather

Unsettled Autumn and Winter weather make it difficult to predict and forecast. The Met Office themselves can only reasonably accurately predict 5 days ahead anyway. They do offer up to a 30-day forecast, and after that it’s more looking at past trends.

Experts also look at things like the temperature of the Oceans, El Nino, Solar activity and levels of snow in the east – Russia, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.

When Does Winter Start?

The Astronomical Winter starts on the 21st December, the shortest day.

The Metrological Winter starts on the 1st December.


With many areas seeing snow, freezing temperatures and storms, you can argue that winter has started already! January and February are usually the coldest months so it could be a long, cold winter.

Whatever the temperature outside, an Electric Radiator from Electric Radiator Solutions will keep you warm inside. Individually programmable and thermostatic and made from quality cast aluminium, they are also energy efficient.

As the UK moves away from traditional fossil fuels to more secure low carbon heating, electric is increasingly becoming an environmentally friendly option. Electricity can be produced from renewable sources such as solar or wind, making energy efficient electric radiators an eco-friendly heating solution.

At Electric Radiator Solutions we are dedicated to producing the most energy efficient electric radiators for customers throughout the UK. Having the best heating system installed in your home means you will not only benefit from the latest in heating technology but also lower your energy bills. We are happy to offer help and advice in order to assist our customers in finding the best energy suppliers for their needs, contact our friendly team today.