Connoisseurs of weather clichés – like your humble columnist – are delighted to announce a long-awaited and desperately-needed addition to the canon.
Having had to endure endless variations on the theme of ‘a month’s rain will fall in the next 24 hours,’ it is a relief to welcome ‘the beast from the east.’
This is the name meteorologists have already given to a spell of cold weather, said to be heading in our direction from Siberia.
It promises to bring with it ‘severe cold weather and lots of snow.’
Is there any chance this will herald an outbreak of imagination at the Met Office?
Do you think we will soon be hearing about ‘the pest from the west’ or ‘the force from the north’?