If you’ve yet to buy a big coat for winter, I’m warning you now, it’s time to get on it as temperatures look set to plummet as low as -11 Celsius, sooner than any of us would like.
Weather experts have said this winter could be the coldest in five years, with freezing temperatures in December and January, meaning widespread snow and ice could potentially cause travel chaos.
In 2012 temperatures plunged as low as -14C in the same two months, with deaths soaring to a rate of around 300-a-day and carnage on rail and roads.
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.”
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.”
As usual the cold and snow is expected to bite first on higher ground.
The news comes after temperatures hit -4C in some areas overnight, and sadly the prognosis does not get much better as we go into Halloween and Bonfire Night.
A forecaster from the Met Office said: “Into the start of November we will continue to see unsettled weather with rain and strong winds at times, interspersed with brighter and showery conditions.
At times it will feel cold, especially in the north and east where there is a risk of snow over the hills of Scotland. However, as we head into November, it may turn more settled in the south, leading to bright, chilly conditions and a risk of frost and fog overnight.”