Spring ‘postponed’ as big freeze hits UK

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Image caption Snowfall is expected across the UNITED KINGDOM on Monday and Tuesday

The uk is set for the coldest February 7 days in five years as cold air arrives from Russia.

On Saturday temperatures dropped as low as -5. 5C in Anglesey, north Wales and the cold mean is expected to intensify from Weekend night into Monday.

The Met Office has released an amber cold weather alert, which usually warns of increased health risks in order to vulnerable and elderly people.

It has also issued two yellow climate warnings for snow .

Snow showers are expected within large parts of the UK on Mon and Tuesday, which could cause journey delays and cancellations, power slashes and problems with mobile phone services.

BBC climate forecaster Gemma Plumb said snow showers will get to the east of the UK upon Sunday night before pushing through to traditional western areas by Tuesday. Showers can continue later into the week.

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Image caption Two weather warnings have been released for Monday and Tuesday

The weightier showers are expected on Monday night time and Tuesday, she added.

Although there is a chance a few areas could see between 5 and ten centimetres of snowfall, other areas may experience much lighter in weight flurries.

The Fulfilled Office also issued a separate amber cold temperature alert – the 2nd most serious – warning that will icy conditions and snow can disrupt the delivery of providers and increase health risks to susceptible patients.

The notify, issued for 09: 00 upon Friday until 08: 00 upon 1 March, warns the chilly can be dangerous especially for the very youthful, very old or those with chronic illnesses.

‘Spring postponed’

The Met Workplace said temperatures are set to become 1C in most urban areas on Mon – although other parts will not achieve 0C. The cold weather could final for one or even two weeks.

Minimum temperatures next week are prediction for between -5C to -8C but it is expected to feel a lot colder.

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Press caption Why will the united kingdom be so cold next week? BBC weather explains

Met Office meteorologist Martin Bowles said: “The feels-like temperature will be 5C lower than what we should see on the thermometer because of a solid easterly wind chill. ”

The meteorological start associated with spring is Thursday, 1 03, when average temperatures are usually 10C in the south east and 9C in Manchester.

Yet this year 1 March will drop right in the middle of the cold mean, which is being caused by an area an excellent source of pressure moving north into Scandinavia drawing cold air in through the east.

Mr Bowles said: “It’s expected to stay frosty all of next week. Spring will come ultimately but it will be postponed.

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Image caption A few parts of Scotland have already seen weighty snow this month

“We haven’t got temperatures that low in late Feb since 2013. It’s not unheard of. You will find records that are lower than that.

“But it is quite unusual, especially as it’s quite late within the season. ”

Health risks

Public Wellness England said it is “critical” to help keep an eye on anyone over sixty-five, young children or people with heart or even lung conditions.

Dr Thomas Waite, of the PHE Extreme Events team, said: “Cold temperatures, indoors and out, create real health risks to many and every wintertime we know that thousands of people get sick and even die following exposure to cold weather.

“Staying comfortable by heating your home to a minimum of 18C can be crucial to stay properly. ”

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, stated on Friday that he had opened up emergency homeless shelters ahead of the fall in temperature.


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