A massive army of 120 million rats could invade homes across the UK as they flee the Siberian winter preparing to batter our shores.1ratTemperatures are set to plummet in the coming weeks as Britain waves goodbye to the Indian summer. The news has raised fears that the country’s huge rat population will hunt for somewhere “warm and cosy” for the winter.

Paul Bates, the boss of Cleankill Environmental Services, revealed there are several steps to take to try to stop the rodents sneaking into your home. He said: “It’s so much better to take preventive action now. “It’s amazing how often we find external doors that simply don’t fit properly. A rat can get through tiny gaps so make sure you fit a bristle-strip draught excluder to the base.”

Forecasters say that 2016 could be one of the coldest winters on record with icy blasts from next month. Temperatures could plummet as low as -10C. The Met Office said: “Through November and into December there is an average pressure to the west or north of the UK.

“Such an atmospheric pattern results in an increased incidence of winds from a northerly or easterly direction – this favouring colder-than-average temperatures as the polar regions begin to cool. A decrease in storminess is also expected through November and December.”