According to some meteorologists, we could be looking at a white Christmas this year as Britain freezes over this winter.
The icy temperatures could start as early as October and persist into 2016 according to the reports from Exactaweather forecaster James Madden who spoke to the Express.
October is likely to see a real chill at times in terms of temperatures due to below-average sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic and a virtually non-existent Gulf Stream. This is of some real significance to us in terms of future weather patterns and this is also likely to result in a much colder than average November with the first significant snow of the year in parts of the north. There will also be some snow to much lower levels of the country at times within this period, and even parts of the south could see some early snow before we enter December this year.
The Gulf Stream is the ocean current that pushes warm water from America over to Europe. It’s been slowing down as a
result of the ice caps melting due to global warming and in turn, this may cause ‘Freezageddon’.
Another factor to consider is the period of low solar activity which we are currently living through, where the sun’s rays aren’t heating up the world’s oceans as much as usual, slowing the Gulf Stream even further.
Still, it’s hardly as though these claims haven’t been made before, with last year’s prediction of ‘the coldest winter on record’ failing to materialise.
James had an answer for that too though.
The Gulf Stream started showing signs of waning towards the end of last year, and it should have impacted our winter with some much colder and snowier conditions than it actually did. However there is an important lag effect with this process that should be taken very seriously for later this autumn and for the upcoming winter of 2015/16, the overall situation has worsened.
There are fears that this year’s icy winter could be even colder than the famously frosty winter of 1962/1963 which saw huge parts of the country covered in snow and lead to huge power and food shortages.
The Met Office have yet to comment on this winter’s weather as their long range forecasts only go up to November. What they did say, however, is that after a few weeks of unsettled weather, we’ll be facing a slightly chillier-than-normal October.
More settled conditions are possible late in September and into October but many places will still be likely to see some rain. Temperatures are likely to be around or a little below normal throughout.
Basically, it looks like you really should invest in that new winter coat you’ve been looking at. Maybe a nice scarf too, and don’t forget the gloves. You know what, just treat yourself to a whole new winter wardrobe! Walking around the shops will keep you warm if the weather gets cold!