FREEZING BRITAIN: Bitter polar air to bring COLDEST winter for more than FIVE YEARS
“Although it is technically still too early to call exactly where snow will fall on Christmas Day at present, there are some good indicators for a number of widespread snow events for in and around the festive period this year.”
The Met Office said although it is still early, indications are for cold weather though next month and into the New Year.
Its three-month outlook predicts lower than aAverage temperatures at least until the start of February.
A spokesman said: “The polar vortex has now become established, numerical prediction systems indicate a high chance that it will be disrupted rather than strengthen as it usually does at this time of year.
“Such a disruption increases the chance of surface weather patterns that block the passage of the usual Atlantic weather systems that affect the UK in winter.
“Temperatures are likely to vary between locally mild and rather cold, with below average temperatures more likely on the whole, so further frosts are expected.”
The outlook for the next few days is for a spell of calmer weather with milder temperatures across the lower half of the country.
Thermometers are likely to break into double figures in the south tomorrow while the north shivers in lows of between freezing and 4C (39.2F).