Britain’s braced for new Beast
WEATHER patterns which sparked the Beast from the East and brought freezing temperatures and heavy snow last winter could return this year, warn forecasters.
But the Met Office stressed some parts of Britain will see above average temperatures for January over the weekend.
It said sudden stratospheric warming had appeared around Christmas, when there was a sharp increase in the temperature over a couple of days.
When this happens in the Arctic it can lead to a rush of cold air blowing eastwards across Europe a few weeks later, bringing cooler temperatures to the continent.
But a Met Office spokesman said while Britain being hit by a new Beast from the East could not be ruled out, the forecast so far suggests the UK will see stable conditions.