Deep freeze was record-breaker

A photo by reader Astrid Gatenby of the snow through the archway at Gunby Hall.
A photo by reader Astrid Gatenby of the snow through the archway at Gunby Hall.

THE icy-blast which gripped the area over the past week was a record-breaker, an amateur weatherman has revealed.

Brian Porter, who has recorded the weather in Skegness for around 25 years, said that this Saturday’s freezing temperatures were the lowest he has ever seen.

His professional equipment recorded a low of -8.8C in Skegness on Saturday. The mercury also never rose above -3C on the same day.

His confirmation that the icy freeze is the coldest to have struck the area in decades came as Lincolnshire found itself at the heart of the deep-chill.

BBC forecasters revealed on Monday that nearby Coningsby was the coldest place in the UK on Saturday - with the daytime maximum never rising above -5.6C.

Holbeach in the south of Lincolnshire had the country’s lowest overnight temperature, with the mercury dipping below -15C.

Those figures come amid anecdotal evidence that temperatures in this area may have rivalled those figures in some isolated spots.

Several Standard readers said the temperature on their car thermometers dipped to as low as -13 or -15 in and around Skegness on Saturday. Although not as accurate as Brian’s professional equipment, those measurements give some indication of just how cold the weather was over the weekend.

Brian said: “We just don’t get temperatures like those we had on Saturday.

“It’s very unusual for it to go that low.”