UK weather: Worst winter since 2006 as temperatures fall to minus 11

The cold snap could bring widespread snow and ice

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Britain is set for its coldest winter for the past five years with freezing air from the North Pole sending the thermometer plummeting to -11C.

And it is feared the cold snap will bring widespread snow and ice and cause travel chaos.

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Monday will bring the first big Autumn freeze with motorists waking to find frozen windscreens after temperatures fell to -4C overnight.

And the forecasters say parts of the north could have snow on the hills within days.

But Arctic winds later this year are expected to deliver Britain's coldest winter since the bitter 2012-13 freeze.

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December and January are both forecast to be colder than normal, with all areas of the UK, including the south, being affected.

Five years ago temperatures plunged as low as -14C in the same two months.

Snow and ice caused mayhem on roads and railways and deaths due to cold weather soared to around 300-a-day .

Since then the UK has experienced a series of mild winters but that seems certain to change.

Todd Crawford, chief meteorologist at The Weather Company, said: "We expect the coldest winter in the UK since 2012-13.

"We expect extended spells with a ridge of pressure in the North Atlantic, especially in early winter.

"This forces the jet stream up to the Arctic and back down into Europe, releasing Arctic high pressure from near the Pole directly into northern Europe, with colder-than-normal temperatures."

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AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alan Reppert said: "Snow and ice will be a much higher threat this winter, and could affect London.

"There is a higher-than-normal potential for temperatures below -10C further north, and also cold temperatures further south."

The first chill will be felt this week with the possibility of snow over high ground.

But mid-November will bring a short break from the cold before the expected big freeze.

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The monstrous waves battered the harbour wall at Seaham in County Durham

Helen Roberts, a Met Office forecaster, said it will feel chilly today (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday), particularly in Scotland and northern England, with temperatures reaching a maximum of 12C.

But by the middle of the week temperatures will start rising towards the mid-teens.

Much of the north east coast of the UK was hit by strong winds yesterday (Sunday), creating stormy seas.

Huge waves battered the harbour wall at Seaham in County Durham, dwarfing the town's black and white lighthouse.

In parts of Central Europe, winds reached 112mph and left two people dead in the Czech Republic after they were hit by falling trees.

Thousands were left without power when lines came crashing down and many rail routes in Germany were closed for the day as a safety measure.


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