Remember this a few days back?
-13°C at Shawbury, Shropshire this morning is the lowest temperature recorded in the UK so far in 2017. Jo pic.twitter.com/AFThTk02qn
— BBC Weather (@bbcweather) December 12, 2017
To which James Wilson wrote:
That’s well and true and it was so in Russia too but that was a continental climate. I’ve been in minus 38C but no lower – it was cold enough, genuinely cold.
However, the two coldest days I’ve had were once at a stadium called Waverley Park in Melbourne for a night game – even in a sleeping bag, I got mild hypothermia. The other was standing on Hadrian’s Wall near the A68 at 6 a.m., such that I could not even start the car.
I don’t mean the car wouldn’t start, I mean that I couldn’t even grasp the key. That was about minus 5C. The two types of temperatures do not compare.
My Russian mate said to me the other day that they had the conditions I would love – minus 8C and snowing. Big, fluffy drifts everywhere. He was not being ironic – I used to don my gloves about minus 8, real Russians would about minus 12.
Yesterday and today, I went to the gym in track trousers, T shirt, one zip up top and another over that. It was pretty warm actually, plus 4 or 5.
It’s all relative.