|Snow in Sheffield on December 1, 2010. |
Britain is braced for a ferocious 'Polar plunge' as cold winter freeze takes hold. The worst worst weather is expected to hit during the middle of next week, when overnight temperatures are expected to dive to -10C with windchill in the North while the South will shiver in lows of -5C.
But this is only the beginning of what forecasters expect to be "the worst winter big freeze for decades":
“An exceptionally prolonged period of widespread cold is highly likely to develop throughout this winter and last into next spring.
“It will be accompanied by snow drifts of several feet and long-lasting snow accumulations on a widespread scale.
“This period of snow and cold is likely to result in an incomparable scenario to anything we have experienced in modern times.
James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather
“The focal point at this stage seems to be January, when we could see widespread heavy snow and below-average temperatures.
“This could stretch out for weeks, meaning we could be looking at the worst winter big freeze for decades.”
Jonathan Powell, forecaster for Vantage Weather Services
In case the coming winter actually turns out to be the worst in decades, the AGW high priests will of course again explain this as a result of global warming.