Despite the mild Autumn and sunny spells, an extremely chilly blast is on the way.
Forecasters advising that we prepare for blizzards of Arctic proportions as icy gales are set to blast the UK over the coming weeks and there is even the possibility of snow coming in the week after Hallowe’en.
The worst of the weather is forecast to wallop the UK in the middle of November, bringing travel chaos on the railways, roads and airports.
The key to the icy weather is a jet stream. Experts who have studied the stream say that is usually holds the worst of the Winter weather over the North Pole, but air flow calculations show that the stream is weaker than usual this year, meaning that the icy weather is bound for Britain.
A similar situation occurred in 1947; during this infamous cold snap, average temperatures plunged to a chilling -2.7°C. And calculations done on readings taken this year show similar conditions to the Winter of 2009/10 which was the coldest for 31 years.
An expert for Exact Weather, James Madden, said: “The worst case and more plausible scenario could bring something on a similar par to the winter of 2009/10, or an event close to 2010/11 which experienced the coldest December in 100 years.
“In addition to this the Siberian snow cover is also well ahead of schedule and is another strong signal for a harsh winter based on previous studies.”
Despite the fact that tomorrow’s Hallowe’en is set to be the warmest on record, the odds on a white Christmas are already dropping, with BetFred offering 7-1 on a white Christmas in London or Birmingham, 6-1 in Belfast, Liverpool and Manchester and 4-1 in Edinburgh.
Sunday is when the mercury plunge is set to start, with Britain shivering in wind chill temperatures of -4°C by Wednesday and a widespread frost.