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Britain Set For Coldest Winter In 5 Years

Forecasters are predicting the arrival of an early winter with temperatures plunging to as low as -10c in the north. Blizzards and thunder snow are also set to batter the UK this coming week.

The Weather Company chief meteorologist Todd Crawford explained: "We expect the coldest winter in the UK since 2012-13. We expect extended spells with a ridge of pressure in the North Atlantic, especially in early winter. This forces the jet stream up to the Arctic and back down into Europe, releasing Arctic high pressure from near the Pole directly into northern Europe, with colder-than-normal temperatures."

With poor conditions and freezing temperatures predicted, it is recommended that those on heating oil should refuel their fuel tanks sooner than usual in order to ensure that they are not left in the cold winter.