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UK Might Finally Get White Christmas As Coldest Winter In Eight Years Is Predicted

UK Might Finally Get White Christmas As Coldest Winter In Eight Years Is Predicted

If you're dreaming of a white Christmas, your fantasy might just become reality this year thanks to a cold snap headed to the UK.

Forecasters have predicted that Arctic conditions hitting the country could cause the coldest winter in eight years.

While that sounds taxing, it does mean you can whip out that badass winter wardrobe and it could also spell on-and-off snowfall between now and Christmas as temperatures are predicted to fall below freezing.

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Yes, in stark contrast to the extended heatwave we experienced over the summer months, the nation is gearing up for a chilly winter - some regions were even given a preview this week as parts of the UK, including Derbyshire and Yorkshire, were left covered in snow.

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Residents across the country are now planning for a cold few months ahead, as polar winds from Siberia continue to blow our way and forecasters predict temperatures to plummet as low as -10C.

Although Met Office forecaster Becky Mitchell said: "It will stay cold for the rest of this week," principal meteorologist for the Weather Company, Eleanor Bell, said the cold snap could run well into February 2019.

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She told The Sun: "We expect this winter to be different to the last seven milder winters we have had, with an increased risk for colder intrusions across the northern half of Europe and below normal temperatures through January and February."

Bell went on to anticipate a cold start to next week, expected with temperatures slightly below normal for the time of year.

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"It will turn more unsettled from the west on Tuesday after a frosty start," she added. "Low pressure will continue to dominate the weather for the remainder of the week with a windier and wetter outlook and temperatures lifting into double figures again (10/11C), slightly above normal for the time of year."

Meanwhile, John Hammond - chief meteorologist for Weathertrending - said that as rain spreads across the country midweek, we could well see a period of snow. "This is most likely across the hills of northern and eastern Britain, but there may be some to lower levels for a time," he said.

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Bad news for those who despise the cold, but good news for people hoping for a Hallmark festive period.

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As Hammond went on to explain: "We do think that next week's 'battleground' scenario could recur several times in the weeks ahead, giving the potential for further snowfalls in the run-up to Christmas."

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