Britain’s global warming problem could see the country shivering in sub-zero temperatures until June as “at least one big cold spell” is expected to freeze the nation over Easter and beyond.
A series of brutal cold snaps that have crippled the UK with heavy snow, freezing temperatures and bitter winds have slammed the brakes on spring.
Last week a mass of Siberian air – dubbed the “Beast from the East 2.0” – tormented Britain with days of snowfall and minus temperatures made worse by “dangerously cold” windchill.
The freezing air delivered a “short, sharp shock” of severe cold to Britain, unleashing heavy snow and triggering a raft of “danger to life” weather warnings.
As conditions turned milder this week, forecasters have not ruled out another “glancing blow” from a surge of cold air from the east before the end of March.
Some forecasters believe Britain could be struck by multiple cold snaps from the east in the coming months, with little prospect of sunshine and warmth.
Temperatures are expected to remain stubbornly below-normal between April and June, according to a long-range forecast by The Weather Company.
Dr Todd Crawford, chief meteorologist at The Weather Company, suggested more than one “Beast from the East” could blight the UK in April and May.
High pressure stopping warm air from drifting towards the UK – a process called blocking – is causing the extended period of cold weather, he said.
He said: “The second spell of unusual cold weather is ongoing, driven by an extended period of blocking.
“As we head into April, most computer forecast models suggest we will get at least one more big cold spell before the blocking pattern fades, with warmer and wetter weather confined to parts of southern Europe.”