Expert warns winter could be worse than first feared

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Derry could be in for a worse winter than initially forecast, a weather expert warned yesterday.

In July James Madden, long range forecaster for Exacta Weather, told the ‘Journal’ that Derry should brace itself for a winter similar to last year, when temperatures reached a 30 year low and ice floes gathered on the Foyle.

But now Mr Madden says this year could be even worse than last.

“In terms of the meteorological winter, I expect December, January, and February to experience below average temperatures, with the heaviest snowfalls occurring within the time frame of November to January.

“I expect to see the first signs of some moderate to heavy snowfalls as early as October or November.”

Mr Madden says frequent and prolonged cold spells with heavy dumps of snow are likely. And he warns Autumn is also expected to be harsh weather wise.

“It will be generally unsettled and turn progressively colder with an early start to winter,” he says

More details are available online at www.exactaweather.com