City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Weather


December Was Second Coldest Month In Scotland In A Century

Car under snow at Ratho

The Met Office has today confirmed that December 2010 was not only Scotland's coldest December on record, but that it was also the second coldest month that the country has experienced in 100 years, beaten only by February 1947.

Weather: Christmas Was White, Will Hogmanay Be Alright?

Up Helly Aa vikings

Christmas day in Edinburgh 2010 was "white" by both definitions: the city was covered in snow and the Met Office officially recorded snow flakes falling in the city. At least one flake must fall on 25th December for it to be technically called "A White Christmas" as far as the bookies are concerned.

Trains Continue to Struggle With Freezing Cold

Snow on Waverley

Has day-to-day freezing ice and snow become the new normal? It seems to have been going on for ever. First it was Snowvember, now De-icember, in what has been the worst weather conditions in  living memory. With climatologists (such as former government chief scientific advisor David King) suggesting that cold winters come in multiple years, we may need to get used to these bitterly cold conditions.

Travel Delays as Edinburgh Whitens For Christmas

The weekend snowfalls, plummeting sub-zero temperatures, and freezing fog are continuing to make travel trickier this morning.

Edinburgh Plunges Back into Winter

Edinburgh residents woke up this morning to find the city had reverted to winter snow conditions again.

Scotrail Trains Get Dressed Up in Warm "Skirts"

Train "skirts"

Scotland's main railway company Scotrail has come up with a novel way of dealing with the kind of freezing conditions that caused most of its trains North to grind to a halt in plummeting temperatures around a week ago. It is going to dress its trains in warm skirts.

New Transport Minister Appointed

Keith Brown

Alex Salmond has appointed Keith Brown (pictured), formerly Minister for Skills and Lifelong learning, to replace Stewart Stevenson as Minister for Transport and Infrastructure.

"Unprecedented" Weather Claims Climate Minister

Stewart Stevenson with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Copenhagen

After the deep freeze on the roads, the political heat proved too much. Stewart Stevenson was forced to resign from his ministerial post yesterday.

Risk of Falling Icicles and Roof Avalanches as Edinburgh Thaws

Icicles on a window

As recent snow turns to slush, life in Edinburgh is returning to normal. However, the thaw has brought its own problems, as snow loosens and slides off roofs, and spear-like icicles relinquish their grip on gutters and overhangs and fall on pavements below.

Video: Snow Avalanche at Scottish Widows, Edinburgh

Following days of heavy snow earlier this week and last week, Edinburgh roof tops were covered in unusually thick blankets of white.