Britain colder than the Arctic! Freezing temps to last until end of March


Any hopes of the cold weather abating following the recent five-day freeze have been dashed as weather experts predict the freezing temperatures could last until the end of March.

While the world's most northerly city, Hammerfest in Norway, is enjoying temperatures of 5C on Monday, much of Britain is expected to experience temperatures of 2 to 4C, with the Midlands and South West being the coldest.

However, bitter easterly winds could make it feel more like -4C in some places, like East Anglia and the East Coast.

The Met Office issued a level two cold weather alert on Sunday 24 February until Tuesday 26 February, which is an extension of the alert issued on Wednesday 19 February.

It reads: "There is an 80% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions between 0900 on Sunday and 0900 on Tuesday in parts of England. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services."

The immediate weather forecast read: "During Monday, although still feeling very cold across southern areas in strong winds at times, less cold air is expected to move in, allowing temperatures to recover somewhat.

"Further north, the cold conditions are expected to hang on, although colder night time minima may be offset by sunnier periods by day. There is a risk of icy conditions at times, especially across the north."

Met Office spokesman Dan Williams told Aol Travel that there could be a burst of slightly warmer weather in the first week of March, but that it was back to cold conditions for the week from Monday 11 March to 25 March, for which, he says: "Most areas are likely to stay colder than average, perhaps more especially across the eastern side of the UK, with some more frosty nights to come.

"Generally, there are no strong signals regarding precipitation, but taking the period as a whole, some northwestern areas of the UK will probably end up a little drier than usual, whereas southern and eastern districts will perhaps be wetter than normal."


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