Look back at year of weather ex­tremes

Sunday Sun - - News - By Kali Lind­say kali.lind­[email protected]­plc.com @Kal­iALind­say

Re­porter WIN­TER of­fi­cially ar­rived yes­ter­day giv­ing us a real rea­son to moan about the weather.

In fact, we Brits can’t get enough of it and we never seem to be happy – it’s ei­ther too hot or too cold.

Well, there has been plenty to talk about in 2018.

The Beast from the East ground the coun­try to a halt but, af­ter what felt like weeks of freez­ing tem­per­a­tures, we were re­warded with a scorch­ing sum­mer (in the most part).

But it all seems like a dis­tant mem­ory as the end of the year has seen storm af­ter storm, bring­ing heavy rain, gales and cold tem­per­a­tures, with the most re­cent be­ing Storm Diana.

Here we look at some of the year’s most mem­o­rable weather mo­ments.

It launched its fury on the North East at the start of the year, dump­ing snow and caus­ing tem­per­a­tures to plum­ment.

Heavy bliz­zards brought blan­kets of snow and hun­dreds of schools were forced to close, while com­muters faced travel may­hem due to the treach­er­ous cond­tions.

The A1 was shut be­tween Al­nwick and Ber­wick with ve­hi­cles stranded on the road, while the A690 in County Durham was shut and the A66 was also blocked.

Bliz­zards and heavy rain­fall re­sulted in a se­ries of multi-ve­hi­cle crashes on ma­jor routes.

The A19 saw 20 col­li­sions within the space of one hour, with 11 ve­hi­cles crash­ing south­bound at Cas­tle Eden, and 14 ve­hi­cles col­lid­ing near the Killing­worth Way junc­tion.

There was also ma­jor dis­rup­tion to the Metro ser­vice, while rail and bus pas­sen­gers also faced de­lays.

New­cas­tle Air­port told pas­sen­gers to check flights as staff bat­tled to keep the run­ways clear.

Claps of thun­der of flashes of light­ning could be heard across the re­gion as tem­per­a­tures dropped as low as -15C and around 40cm of snow was ex­pected to fall in ar­eas.

Start­ing near the end of Fe­bru­ary, the Beast from the East rolled through to March and felt like it was never end­ing.

Af­ter a chilly start to the year, the sun fi­nally shone and tem­per­a­tures hit the high 20s.

Beast from the East The heat­wave

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