UK Daily Mail
Tuesday, Oct 28, 2008
Get out the gloves and scarves – Britain is about to be hit by a chilly blast that will leave some of us struggling with temperatures colder than Siberia.
The freezing weather will bring blizzards of sleet and snow to northern areas of Britain and in some parts of Scotland the temperature will drop to -8c tonight.
The chilly forecast follows the revelation that hundreds of Bewick’s swans, which were due to return to an English nature reserve for the ‘warmer’ winter, are staying put in Siberia because it is colder in the UK.
Around 300 Bewick’s Swans were expected at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre on October 21, but as yet there has been no sign of them.
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Each year the swans land at Slimbridge having completed the 1,864-round-trip from Russia.
But weather experts say global warming has created warmer temperatures in Siberia, which may cause the swans to fly over later, or at worst not come at all.
And it seems Siberia is not the only place warmer than the UK with temperatures in Anchorage, Alaska hovering around a relatively balmy -4c and 6c in Oslo, Norway.
This article was posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 5:18 am