Through 2021 – FEBRUARY
This February has been living up to the UK’s weather reputation for being changeable. Trying to describe the month almost feels an impossibility. Snow arrived on the 7th but didn’t clear until the 14th, after a first week of mostly grey and wet, with a couple of days of sunshine thrown in. Observing temperatures may give a greater picture, starting from Monday 1st :
Wk.1 daily high temperatures: 4,12,8,8,14,8,0 – a mixed not warm week!
Wk.2 ditto – with the snow: -
Wk.4 – 11,14,17,17,16 – early grey and little rain gave way to a mostly sunny week – feels like Spring!
Throw in quite a lot of wind, a month that concludes with 2 frosts + 1 foggy start, a mixed month!
For family who live nearer the equator where anything below 26 feels cold, this month here would have been freezing (well it was quite often) but for us, once we got rid of the snow, the back half of the month has felt mild and the sun has invited times of sitting out in the garden out of the wind with a distinct feeling that Spring is definitely coming. (February has been branded as one of the coldest for a very long time.)
Plant Life summary might be ‘breaking-
C. The Main News
As the month has rolled on, the trend of the news his continued to focus on the falling statistics of infections, death rates and hospital admissions but even more on the amazing numbers of vaccine injections being given, rising to about half a million a day by the end of the month.
1st – Door-
2nd – Public Health England says that the UK Variant off COVID-
2nd – A study by the Oxford University suggests that a single dose of the Oxford-
5th – The Health Secretary confirms the government's "ambition" to offer all adults over the age of 50 a first COVID-
7th – A not-
7th – The number of people receiving a vaccine dose in the UK exceeds 12 million.
9th – The government announces tough new measures for travellers. UK and Irish residents returning from 33 red list countries will be charged £1,750 to quarantine in a government-
11th – A study finds that the arthritis drug tocilizumab can reduce deaths from COVID-
11th – 14 million people have now received their first dose of a COVID-
12th – The UK's ‘R-
12th – The number of people who have been infected by the virus since the start of the pandemic exceeds four million.
14th – The number of people receiving a vaccine dose in the UK exceeds 15 million.
15th – The PM hails the vaccine rollout as an "unprecedented national achievement" and urges the public to remain "optimistic but patient" over the relaxation of restrictions, adding that an approach to exiting lockdown should be "cautious but irreversible".
18th – Figures from Imperial College’s React study suggests that COVID-
19th – The PM pledges to donate most of the UK's surplus vaccine supply to poorer countries.
19th – The High Court rules that Matt Hancock "acted unlawfully by failing to comply with the Transparency Policy" and "breached his legal obligation to publish Contract Award Notices within 30 days" when awarding contracts during the COVID-
20th – As the number of people receiving their first vaccine dose exceeds 17 million, the PM announces he wants the programme to "go further and faster" by offering every adult in the UK their first jab by 31 July.
22nd – The PM unveils a four-
25th – The Joint Biosecurity Centre advises that the COVID-
Misc. News Items
1st – Online retailer ASOS acquires the Topshop, Topman & Miss Selfridge brands for £330m, but does not retain any of the brands' 70 stores.
2nd – Captain Sir Tom Moore, who raised over £32m for NHS charities, dies at the age of 100 after contracting COVID-
8–10th – Snow and ice causes travel disruption across much of the country. A temperature of -
11th – Reports of an overnight temperature of -
12th – The ONS reports that the UK economy shrank by 9.9% during 2020, its largest annual contraction since the Great Frost of 1709
19th – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Harry & Megan) confirm they will not return as working members of the Royal Family.
19th – The Supreme Court rules that Uber drivers must be treated as workers, rather than self-
26th – The Supreme Court unanimously rules that Shamima Begum, who left the UK for Syria to join the IS terrorist group, should be stripped of her British citizenship and will not be allowed to return and fight her case.