Bri­tain’s braced for new Beast

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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.

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