BRITAIN could be in for the coldest winter in 30 years, bringing “snow event after snow event” with it.
Temperatures could take a turn for the worst in the second half of this month, if the long range weather forecasts are correct.
Freezing air from the North Pole heading down to the UK is expected to bring in a band of low pressure stretching from Greenland to the northwest coast of Ireland.
However the experts are still divided on their predictions as long range forecasting is notoriously difficult.
Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden said: “October is now looking like it will turn out to be colder than average with more of a chance of something wintery setting in through the second half of the month.
“There is a strong chance of widespread frosts and the chance of snowfall which will set the scene for November.
“This will pave the way for what is shaping up to be a colder than average winter with some extreme cold weather events.
“While these could start to make an impact within the next few weeks they will be particularly troublesome from December onwards.
“Snow events have been few and far between in recent years, but this winter is looking favourable to bring snow event after snow event as weather systems from the Atlantic clash with cold stagnated air over the UK.”
That could mean a bitterly cold spell to rival the freezing winter of 1963, which is said to have been the coldest for 200 years.
Mike Saunders, a professor of climate prediction at University College, London told The Sunday Times last month:
“This would rank the 2020 January-February central England temperature as the coldest winter since 2013.
“It would also rank January-February 2020 as the seventh coldest winter in the past 30 years.”
Temperatures are predicted to go as low as -14C, reminiscent of the ‘Beast from the East’ which covered the UK in a blanket of snow in 2018.
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Bookmaker Coral has slashed the odds on October being the coldest on record in the UK from 2/1 to 4/5 and is giving odds of 1/2 for it being the coldest winter on record.
However, while the Met Office’s long range forecast only goes up to the end of December it took a different view over the coming months.
Meteorologist Luke Mill told The Sun Online said there some signs that by early November there would be a greater chance of mist and fog he added it would be “nothing out of the ordinary”.
He said: “It looks like temperatures will be in the warmer category than normal overall but rainfall might be slightly above average.”
Before the winter takes hold though the UK is in for a period of unsettled weather for the week ahead, which could bring with it gales and blustery showers.
Today is expected to get off to a dry start for most parts with lots of cloud hanging about.
As the day progresses rain will be moving in from the west with Scotland, Northern Ireland and western England and Wales the worst affected.
The south east is expected to see brighter conditions with temperatures around the 17-18C mark although things are expected to worsen as the band of wet weather moves across the country.
Things then are due to deteriorate on Sunday with the Met Office issuing a yellow warning for rain in western parts that stretches from the Kent coast right up to central Scotland.
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Those areas are expected to see between 15-30mm in most parts although this could rise to as much as 40-50mm in areas like the Yorkshire Moors.
Sunday is expected to see a marked east-west split for most of the day with eastern parts being much drier but could still see some wet spells throughout the day.
The working week is expected to be unsettled, wet weather from Monday to Friday with gales and blustery showers hitting the North West mainly from Tuesday to Thursday.
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