Coldest winter in UK for 100 years?
If the forecasters have it right, then we’re set for what could be the coldest winter for 100 years in the UK. Don’t get caught out with cold, wet fingers and toes!
We love to talk about the weather in Britain, and this year has been no exception. It doesn’t seem that long ago we were complaining about the wettest summer for 100 years and now, following a short respite, some forecasters believe that we’re about to experience what could be the coldest winter for 100 years. With temperatures expected to drop as low as -20° and snowfall expected any day now, this could be the time to stop talking about it and start preparing.
Protect your extremities!
Cold weather can be dangerous. The body reacts by constricting the blood vessels in the arms and legs, which in turn reduces blood flow to the extremities. This is a survival thing, primarily helping to protect the brain and vital organs of the body. However it leaves fingers and toes susceptible to frostbite and in effect, the body sacrifices them to ensure survival. Also, the body – not surprisingly – loses heat most where the skin is exposed, such as your head and hands! It’s therefore essential to make sure you’ve got a good quality winter hat and pair of gloves when preparing for winter.
What to wear?
Getting the right gloves, hat and socks will mean the difference between staying warm or suffering this winter! Those who aren’t necessarily outdoor enthusiasts may not really know the difference between a pair of gloves which ‘look-the-business’ but offer very little in terms of protection, and those which are designed to make a real difference using the latest in high-tech’ fabrics.
We’ve put together a collection of “Winter 2012/2013 essentials” to help narrow down our wide selection of Extremities® clothing accessories and get yourself geared up for the cold snap.
Even if you don’t plan to spend a day walking out in cold this winter, it’s really important to prepare for the unexpected! If you’re car breaks down or your get stuck in snow, you’ll do well to make sure you have a pair of good quality thermal gloves, hat and socks in the car to keep you warm whilst you set off walking or waiting in the car for rescue. If your wait in the car becomes lengthy, then having a good quality down sleeping bag will also come in very handy to keep your body warm. Terra Nova Down Sleeping Bags are lightweight and pack down really small, so they’ll not take up much car space, but you’ll really appreciate the warmth if you end up stuck in a freezing car!
We also recommend carrying a Bothy bag with you. These are really lightweight and take up no space at all when packed, but could just offer you the necessary protection against biting wind, rain, snow if you get stuck outdoors and need protection. You can read more about the Terra Nova Bothy 2 here, or view our full range.