UK weather: Beautiful snowdrops in bloom as Britain prepares for another blast of arctic winds

Beautiful snowdrops in bloom, but hang on to your scarves as shivering Britain prepares for another blast of arctic winds England should stay above freezing in next few days but it'll feel sub-zeroMonday: Largely sunny and dry, particularly in the south of England. Tuesday: Very windy down west coast, with gusts of 60mphWednesday: Cold northerly with frequent wintry showers on the east coastEnvironment Agency: Nine flood warnings and 63 lower-level flood alerts By Ben Spencer PUBLISHED: 16:51 GMT, 3 February 2013 | UPDATED: 23:50 GMT, 3 February 2013 We may be out of January but keep your scarves and overcoats handy – winter shows no sign of loosening its grip.

Dr Tim Boyd, 54, dies after being struck by lightning on bridge near his home

Scientist, 54, dies after being struck by lightning on bridge near his home Dr Tim Boyd was walking his dog when he was hit by a bolt during a storm The father-of-two worked at the Scottish Association of Marine ScienceIt is the second tragedy to hit the association in a weekLast weekend PhD student Christopher Bell died in the Glencoe avalanche By Becky Evans PUBLISHED: 10:24 GMT, 29 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:47 GMT, 29 January 2013 Oceanographer Dr Tim Boyd, 54, died after being hit by a bolt of lightning on Sunday as he walked his dog A scientist has died after apparently being struck by lightning as he walked his dog. Internationally respected oceanographer Dr Tim Boyd, 54, was found by a passer-by after being hit by a bolt on the Jubilee Bridge, near his home in Port Appin, Argyll, on Sunday. Emergency services were called but they were unable to save the American-born scientist

The Vikings are coming… and so is Hogmanay! Scotland gears up for New Year in fancy dress

The Vikings are coming… and so is Hogmanay! Scotland gears up for New Year in fancy dressMore than 7,000 join torchlit procession through EdinburghCapital hosts 30million extravaganza to celebrate New Year | UPDATED: 21:24 GMT, 30 December 2012 The streets of Scotland's capital were overrun by a horde of Vikings – in a festive invasion to celebrate Hogmanay. Dozens of Vikings from Shetland, clad in armour and holding shields, joined around 7,000 others revellers in a stunning torchlit parade through Edinburgh to mark the end of the year.

Recognition at last for our Arctic heroes as they are finally given medals after 70 years

Recognition at last for our Arctic heroes as they are finally given medals after 70 years David Cameron delivers on pledge to introduce a specific Arctic MedalBoth survivors and victims of dangerous and arduous sea missions will receive accolades Their heroism, stoicism and sacrifice directly contributed to victory on Eastern Front By Tim Shipman and Ian Drury UPDATED: 23:02 GMT, 19 December 2012 Veterans of the Arctic Convoys won their 70-year battle for recognition yesterday when David Cameron revealed they will finally be given campaign medals. The 200 survivors will be presented with the medals next year, marking a victory for the Daily Mail’s campaign to win recognition for the veterans of the convoys

New Tory split on wind farms as minister hails turbines as "wonderful and majestic"

New Tory split on wind farms as minister hails turbines as 'wonderful and majestic' Climate change minister Greg Barker also claims turbines in his Bexhill and Battle constituency are a 'tourist attraction'Comments are at odds with fellow Conservative John Hayes, who has complained about wind farms 'peppering' the countrysideMr Barker joined David Cameron on infamous 2006 Arctic tripHe said the PM is still committed to being green, adding: 'The idea that the huskies have been put to sleep is nonsense' | UPDATED: 16:13 GMT, 4 December 2012 Conservative party divisions over green energy widened today, after climate change minister Greg Barker hailed wind farms as ‘wonderful’ and ‘rather majestic’. Mr Barker appeared to take a swipe at his Tory colleague John Hayes, who has made plain his opposition to more turbines ‘peppering’ the countryside