A four month mini-ice age could be set to hit the country this winter, forecasters have warned.
Exacta Weather are predicting that we will see the coldest winter for a decade, and that temperatures will start to plunge from mid-October.
The forecasters are warning that there could be four months of snow from November onward.
The arctic conditions could match the winter of 2010/11 when much of the country saw huge snowfalls, Exacta Weather has warned.
And they say that the outlook is already pointing to chances of a White Christmas.
James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, told The Express: ‘All our long range projections have been showing for quite some time that December is likely to be a colder than average month overall and we are expecting several widespread snowy periods early in the month.
‘The period between Christmas and New Year is looking interesting as there are likely to be some major low-pressure storm systems hitting the UK and these will clash with much colder air over the country bringing potentially crippling snowfalls and ice storms.
‘This year we are expecting potentially hazardous winter conditions from early on in the season.’
The Met Office does not issue forecasts longer than 30 days.
The Beast from the East brought snow to Portsmouth and the surrounding area earlier this year.
Heavy snow showers in March caused major travel disruptions in the city.
The M27 was at a standstill as the arctic front from Siberia hit the area.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard closed as the snowfall hit and many schools in the area also shut their doors early at lunchtime in anticipation for snow showers.
The winter of 2010/11 – the so called ‘big freeze’ - saw widespread heavy snow hit Portsmouth.
With the streets covered in snow.