Thou­sands will die as freeze lasts to March

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EX­PERTS warn thou­sands of Brits will die as po­lar blasts sweep across the coun­try – send­ing tem­per­a­tures plung­ing lower than at the South Pole.

The cold snap is tight­en­ing its grip on Bri­tain with sub-zero tem­per­a­tures ex­pected to last un­til March.

The gov­ern­ment’s Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer said an av­er­age of 1,560 peo­ple, many el­derly, would die due to cold weather each week be­tween now and March in nor­mal win­ter weather.

That to­tal was at risk of in­creas­ing “sub­stan­tially” due to ex­treme cold, such as the spell this week and fore­cast again in the weeks ahead.

Bit­ter Siberian winds will make Bri­tain’s tem­per­a­tures feel 3 de­grees C colder than they are, mean­ing days will feel sub-zero, with nights feel­ing as cold as -14C. Frost and ice will add to the haz­ards.

Bri­tain is even colder than Mcmurdo, the South Pole re­search cen­tre in Antarc­tica, where the tem­per­a­ture is only fall­ing to -6C at night, with days at -3C and a rel­a­tively-balmy -1C on Satur­day.

Gravesend, Kent – fa­mous for be­ing the warm­est place in the UK in sum­mer – is this week only 0.8C.

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