Is Sheppey Dreaming of a White Christmas?
Written by Duncan Martin on October 20, 2015
Summer has only just gone, but already bookies are slashing the odds on a White Christmas this year from 5/1 to 2/1.
But we’re being warned that we could expect lows of -16C, which could mean that the festive period could become an icy nightmare.
Some weather experts have predicted 36 days of snow and ice, and say it could be the coldest Christmas in five years.
Scientists say the melting of the Greenland ice sheet is to blame as it’s slowing the Gulf Stream, which pushes warm currents towards Britain.
Because of this, a 1,500-mile wide stretch of the Atlantic Ocean has been colder from January to August than it has been in over 80 years.
It’s just 500 miles off the west of the UK which means Britain’s notorious westerly winds are about to get a whole lot colder.
AccuWeather meteorologist Tyler Roys said: ‘We’ll see full-on cold spells.
‘Northern England faces colder-than-normal periods, some of which could affect southern England, and Scotland is forecast a colder than normal winter.
‘Given recent past winters’ minimum temperatures of -8C to -21C, lows of that level are possible this winter.’
People across the BRFM region are advised to plan ahead and make sure they are ready for the cold weather.