Thousands will die as freeze lasts to March
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.