Saturday, 17 November 2018

Talking weather becomes quite a conversation

AFTER the warmest December on record, this winter was shaping up quite nicely

AFTER the warmest December on record, this winter was shaping up quite nicely.

But now it has all gone wrong with some much more seasonal weather, including rain, flooding, snow, frosts and sub-zero temperatures.

On Sunday, residents of Henley and South Oxfordshire woke up to snow.

However, the 1cm wasn’t enough to get out the sledge or make a snowman and it had all melted by the afternoon.

The cold returned on Tuesday and Wednesday with heavy frosts. The lowest temperature of -8.4C was recorded overnight at Benson.

This was in contrast to last week when the Environment Agency issued flood warnings for low-lying land and roads near the Thames and Loddon.

At least one house in Wargrave suffered flooding and the grounds of George Clooney’s £10million home in Sonning was affected when the Thames burst its banks.

The car park of the Flowing Spring pub in Playhatch was partially flooded but it was business as usual. It was the third time in five years the pub had been affected by flooding.

Sports fixtures have suffered with wet conditions and frozen pitches.

Henley Town FC have yet to play a match this year due to their Triangle Ground in Mill Lane being waterlogged and on Saturday the pitch was deemed too dangerous to play on due to parts being frozen.

All AFC Henley games at their Reading Road pitches this year have been postponed.

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