The first ‘significant snow’ of the season is expected to fall across parts of the country towards the end of October, according to some long-range forecasts. Britain could be facing another record winter chiller with early long-range forecasts pointing to a repeat of last year’s Beast from the East. Warnings come as strong winds and torrential rain continue to hammer the nation with more bad weather forecast this week.
Torrential rain and strong winds will bring further flood misery before Arctic air arrives mid-week sending temperatures plummeting.
Brits are on alert for a major change in the weather to unleash bitter winds and even snow through the second half of October.
Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden said: “Brits should make the most of the milder weather as next month is showing the potential for some cooler weather and significant night time frosts.
“These will start to set in during the second half of the month, when the first significant snow of the season is likely to occur across higher ground.
“Low-pressure systems pushing in off the Atlantic will give the potential for some early winter weather in the late October to November period.
“These will clash with cold air over the country bringing significant snow events across higher ground in the north with the potential for some wintry water to lower levels across parts of the country.”
This winter could join some of the coldest on record with temperatures and snowfall set to rival the historic chiller of 2010/11 and last year’s Beast from the East.
Low solar activity and its knock-on effect on the Gulf Stream will drive changes in the position of the jet stream to drive the cold weather.
Cooler than normal Gulf Stream waters which run along the east coast of America and up the west coast of the UK will impact the weather, according to Mr Madden.
He said: “Weather systems pushing in off the Atlantic will be responsible for the significant snow events from November onwards as they clash with the colder and stagnated air across our shores on multiple occasions.
“This is in part due to the period of low solar activity that we currently reside within and how much solar energy is emitted to heat important ocean currents such as the Gulf Stream circulation.
“This process alters the behaviour of our jet-stream to bring about these weather patterns, we can apply such factors to long-range weather indications with some success.
“Similar methods have allowed us to identify, several weeks in advance, previous record-breaking cold weather events including the extreme cold which hit Britain in December2010 and the exceptionally cold March of 2013.
“This winter is giving off the right signals for some potentially record-breaking cold and snow from November onwards this year.”
Britain’s weather is being given an autumnal shake-up with further bouts of wind and rain on the cards this week.
Temperatures will nosedive from Wednesday when Arctic air descends across the country, the Met Office warned.
Meteorologist Alex Burkill said: “Another low-pressure system will move across the country during the start of the week bringing further wet and windy weather.
“It quietens down a little bit on Wednesday when we go into a northerly flow of Arctic air, so it will feel chillier.
“There is the potential for another spell of unsettled weather from Thursday although there is still some uncertainly around this.”