Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

It May Not Be a White Christmas but the Big Chill Is Coming Soon to a Scene near You

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

It May Not Be a White Christmas but the Big Chill Is Coming Soon to a Scene near You

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Byline: DANIELLE DEMETRIOU

FALLING temperatures, snow showers and icy winds will envelop Britain this week, with the odds on a White Christmas shortening.

After an unseasonally mild start to the winter, temperatures for the next week are likely to struggle to rise much above freezing point as Arctic weather sweeps in.

The coldest temperature in England yesterday was 2C in Dunkeswell, Devon, while in London it was 5.6C, at least three degrees colder than the average for this time of year.

Peter Stewart, national forecaster at the Met Office, said: "It is colder than the average and it is going to get a bit colder before it warms up, but it won't get any warmer this week."

The cold snap has come as a shock in Britain following a very mild autumn.

It was the warmest October since records began in 1659, with an average temperature of 13.5C. In late November, there were temperatures exceeding 16C along the South Coast.

Mediterranean resorts were hit by snow storms at the weekend with sledging near Barcelona and thousands cut off by snowdrifts in Corsica. …

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