Are you Ready? Icy blast set to last 3 months as Britain gears up for ‘worst winter in history’
A KILLER three-month big freeze is expected to hit in days as winter 2013 shapes up to be one of the worst in history.
Long-range forecasters have warned that another Arctic plunge will trigger a significant change to the weather sending the mercury plummeting and bringing heavy snow in parts.
We’re already starting to see some of this happen and Government weather forecasters said Britain is likely to shiver in below-average temperatures for the next three months.
They blame a negative North Atlantic Oscillation which will block mild Atlantic air and allow bitter Arctic gales to rip into the UK.
A statement from the Met Office’s three-month contingency plan states: Indications are that December will most likely be colder than average.
The advice is – it’s best to be prepared as this winter could bring something really nasty, in fact we could see one of the worst winters known to history.” November has so far shown signs of delivering a repeat of 1962 after temperatures tumbled last week bringing the first proper snowfall.In 1962 southern England was hit by blizzards and London was buried under 12 inches of drifting snow with further downpours in January and February.
Devon and North East England were left under 2ft of snow and people were able to walk on the tops of the frozen shrubbery.
Forecasters warn this winter could also be a carbon copy of 1947, the snowiest in history. Showers that March lead to seven-metre high drifts.
James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, said: A significant change to much colder conditions is likely to develop across many parts of the country as we progress throughout next week.
This wintry blast has all the ingredients to become a potentially widespread snow event.
Certainly the northern half of the UK will become a lot colder for a time with the risk of snow showers, even at lower levels.
Campaigners warn the death toll – about 260 a day during the winter months, mainly among the over-75s – could rocket amid soaring energy bills.
Sassy Bloom says – wrap up and be prepared…
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