Is Wanstead colder? A new mystery

Does Wanstead have its own microclimate which makes it colder than its surrounding areas?

Wanstead’s own weatherman, Scott Whitehead, who tweets as @wansteadmeteo, has blogged saying he has been comparing temperatures since the snow, and found that:

Wanstead was a degree cooler than St James’s Park, half a degree cooler than Heathrow and marginally cooler than Northholt. Only Kenley, with its whopping 170m of altitude, was cooler. While half a degree doesn’t sound much it can make all the difference, as we saw at the weekend when some areas recorded inches of snow while others barely a centimetre.

Intriguing. More discussion at his post.

Two crackers

Lots of Xmas events coming up in Wanstead  (and any organisers who have not yet let Wanstead Social Diary organiser Stephanie Pettigrew have details for inclusion in our events guide, please contact her here). But these two are currently standing out…

Firstly the return of the Local Makers Market, last seen during the Fringe when it was known as the Wanstead Makers Market. It has grown since then to take in other parts of East London – and anyone who has been will know it is a classy event and ideal for original presents.

And then later in the day, the Redbridge Brass Band – which is celebrating being named one of the UK’s top 10 brass bands – is presenting three performances of The Snowman with a live soundtrack. Not sure it could get more Christmassy than that.