Siberian cold snap could bring UK new ‘Beast from the East’ as soon as next week

Britain should brace for beyond freezing temperatures next week as a ‘new Beast from the East’ is set to unleash bitter conditions.

A two-week cold snap could be on the horizon with temperatures dropping to lows of -10C in some parts of the UK.

Blankets of snow and icy conditions are also expected for swathes of the country.

Brits could be hit by a blast of cold air blown in from Siberia, The Telegraph reported, after a sudden warming in the stratosphere caused winds to change in the polar vortex.

Forecasters have warned of a "sudden stratospheric warming" [SSW] above the Arctic, which could see temperatures plunge to -10C and snow to fall across the country.

In 2018 Britain was gripped by travel chaos when a so-called ‘Beast from the East’ blew in and left drivers stranded overnight.

Grahame Madge, from the Met Office, told The Telegraph: "Many weather agencies are united in the view that this SSW will take place next week. When that happens, around 30km up in the stratosphere, our traditional wind pattern can be reversed.

"What is less clear is the long-term outlook for the impact of this event. Two out of three SSW events result in very cold episodes, but one in three has little impact at all."

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The 2018 Beast from the East was so dangerous as it came coupled with Storm Emma, bringing blizzards and showers of snow 5cm deep in a single day.

Brits can already feel a temperatures across the UK dropping and snow and ice warnings have been put in place by the Met Office.

New Year’s Eve was -7C in some areas, with frost and ice now expected to cause chaos next week.

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BBC meteorologist Ben Rich warned that "there is no real sign of things warming up anytime soon" as we move into the weekend.

Mr Rich told BBC viewers: "This cold weather is going to be with us for at least the next few days, but more likely the next week or more.

"There will be some wintry showers at times. On the satellite picture from earlier, you can see speckled shower clouds brought down on this northernly wind.

"Where you see clear skies overnight, it is going to be very cold indeed. Temperature will drop to -7C, maybe even -8C in one or two sheltered spots.

"Tomorrow, even if you keep sunshine through the day, it will feel chilly. The top temperatures tomorrow afternoon will be just 2C to 5C across the UK."

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