Arctic blast and coldest snap to hit Britain with ‘snowiest period in 12 years’

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    Freezing temperatures coupled with the snowiest period in 12 years could be well on its way, according to one forecaster.

    An arctic blast will strike the UK while a white Christmas for most of the nation looks unlikely.

    James Madden, the forecaster for Exacta Weather, told GB News : “Temperatures will drop in the run up to Christmas and this could bring the risk of snow to parts of the country, some of which may fall to lower levels.

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    “The rest of December and January are showing signs of frequent spells of cold wintry weather with below-average temperatures and numerous wintry blasts."

    He added: “We could now be looking at a lengthy cold period setting in for a number of weeks and the potential for some of the coldest and snowiest weather since December 2010.”

    The effect of the freezing temperatures has caused a number of leaks in South East England as South East Water have been under-fire for putting bottled water stations a fair distance away from homes affected.

    Several homes have seen their water supply sporadically come and go due to ongoing works.

    Dave Moore, who has lived in Crowborough for 10 years, said his water returned at 3am on Thursday after a period of four-and-a-half days without it.

    The 62-year-old said: "I'm going to work out the daily rate of what they're charging for that period of time and deduct four days – the service they haven't provided. Why would I pay them for not providing it?

    "If enough people did that they would then feel a hit that's the equivalent to what people here had when they had to cancel Christmas with relatives. You wouldn't invite someone over if you haven't got any water."

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    Peter Jenkins, director of campaigns at Water UK, advised that the rise in temperature could cause burst pipes.

    He said: “The recent freezing weather has been very disruptive to many people.

    “The last thing we want is for people to experience further disruption as temperatures rise this weekend, putting many homes at risk of burst pipes due to freeze-thaw."


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