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Met Office throws ‘coldest winter for 100 years’ claims into doubt

Met Office throws ‘coldest winter for 100 years’ claims into doubt

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Some forecasters say new records for cold and snow will be set this year

Britain is in for the coldest winter in 100 years according to some reports in national newspapers, with claims new records for icy temperatures will be set.

According to The Express, Exacta Weather says it is now more plausible we will see ‘some type of 100-year cold or snow records being breached this winter’.

And they claim we could be in for blizzards by late December, followed by an exceptionally cold January.

They also quote Weathertrending which is forecasting a ‘much colder end to the year’.

But, according to the Met Office, temperatures across the UK in mid to late December could be above average for the time of year.

A Met Office spokesman said: “At the the moment, the longest range we are looking at is January, but this is not a forecast, it’s a probability.

“We’re probably looking at milder than average conditions – so, not the coldest for 100 years, or a collapsed polar vortex.”

A yellow warning of extreme rain is currently in place for the South West and parts of Wales.

The Met Office says parts of the country could see hail and thunder today – especially in the South West, and alongside heavy showers it will be breezy.

The start of December will see heavy rain, particularly in the south and west, with snow on northern hills by December 5.

It could then turn colder with frost and fog in the north.

From December 6 to 20 the Met Office forecasts bouts of rain and strong winds across the UK, predominantly in the west with it being drier and brighter in the east.

The long range forecast reads: “Snow is likely at times in the north, mainly over high ground. Some quieter, drier, colder spells are also likely, giving night frosts and some fog. These may occur more frequently in the north in the early part of this period but confidence for this aspect is very low. However temperatures for the most part are expected to be near or slightly above average, for the time of year.”

The Met Office says the amount of snowfall experienced during December could not yet be determined.

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