Britain is forecast four more Big Freezes this winter – with even colder -18C New Year chills which is as cold as a freezer.
Snow and blizzards will wallop the North tomorrow (Sunday, December 17) – with flurries in the South – and then it’s Thaw Blimey as mild air will melt the snow in the afternoon, with even warmer 13C highs on Monday (December 18).
But the next Arctic blast – shown on a weather map – is due before next weekend, in time for Christmas Day.
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A white Christmas is on the cards in the North and even other areas face flurries.
A further longer cold period is due in January, and two additional late winter chills are set to follow into February and March, said The Weather Company, the world’s biggest commercial forecaster.
Each cold spell will last at least four days, with snow and ice alerts amid freezing conditions.
After -17.3C in Scotland this week, even colder -18C lows – as cold as a household freezer – are due in January, weathermen say.
Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations at The Weather Company’s Weather Channel arm, said: “When the cold pattern of high pressure to the north of the UK sets up, it can be hard to shift. It brings winds from the North.
“It looks like turning colder again from the North around Christmas.
“January is expected to see a further long cold period. It could well be colder than the past week as the Arctic is colder in January than December. -18C would not be a surprise.
“Further cold spells are expected into February, and again into March.
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“It’s not normal to have the past week’s colder pattern in December, and Arctic air is expected to return further into winter.”
A White Christmas is on the cards.
A Met Office forecaster said: “From December 21, some northern areas are likely to see wintry showers. Away from the north, any snow will probably be restricted to hills though there is a chance snow could fall to lower levels.”
The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “Forecast models show cold weather returning at least to the North for the Christmas Day.”
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