BRITAIN will be plunged back into winter this week by a freezing Arctic blast – putting summer on hold for at least a month.
Temperatures could plunge as low as -6C (21F) from today with some areas facing up to 2in of snow.
Much of the country is braced for night-time frosts, bitter cold winds and icy rain to make it feel more like winter until at least the middle of June.
It follows an almost summer-like weekend which saw two days of glorious sunshine, bringing highs of 17C (63F). But experts say the new bout of miserable weather is caused by the jet stream over Europe which is stopping warm air arriving from the Continent and allowing a northerly freezing blast to roar in.
Although the worst of the weather will hit the North this week, the South will endure days of drizzle and freezing winds that will make it feel like -3C, followed by harsh frosts at night. Jonathan Powell, forecaster with Vantage Weather Services, said: “It looks like this is going to continue well into June. Summer is really on hold, with no sign of it in the near future...
Updated below with MUST READ comments from Piers Corbyn
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..Last month Piers Corbyn, of independent forecasters WeatherAction, predicted that May would be the coldest for 100 years.
He warned of a “run of bitter northerly winds” with snow at times.
Weather Channel forecaster Leon Brown yesterday said up to 2in of snow could fall over high ground in Scotland and northern England over the next few days.
He said: “Showers will turn to snow tonight, with snow over higher hills in the Pennines, Cumbria and Scotland’s southern Uplands.”
Mr Corbyn said: “The coldest parts will be the East, the North-east and central parts of Britain.”
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