TEMPERATURES are set to plummet on New Year’s Eve before a three-month deep freeze, according to forecasters.
The “Beast from the East” will bring snow and winds of up to 65mph to the UK, with a 70 per cent chance of crashing temperatures from January to March, a Met Office forecaster said.
While revellers welcome in 2019, many will be lashed by winds up to 65mph in some areas.
Meanwhile, some in the north will have their celebrations dampened by temperatures only a shade above freezing.
Forecaster Mark Wilson said the Contingency Planning Forecast – which is used by government to prep for extreme weather – was predicting the first three months of the year were like to be much frostier than normal.
Blanketing snow will be a distinct possibility as the mercury plummets.
Bookies have slashed the odds on snow falling in the UK on New Year’s Day.
Now bookmaker Coral has shortened the odds on snow falling on the first day of 2019 — with Edinburgh and Glasgow on at just 6-4.
ODDS-ON FOR SNOW TO FALL ON NEW YEAR’S DAY
- Edingburgh: 6-4
- Glasgow: 6-4
- Birmingham: 2-1
- Nottingham: 2-1
- Liverpool: 2-1
- Manchester: 2-1
- Leeds: 2-1
- London: 3-1
- Belfast: 3-1
- Bristol: 4-1
- Plymouth: 4-1
Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: “The chance of very cold and potentially snowy weather is real and ominous.
“There is the potential for significant snowfall from January 7, with odds stacked towards cold weather by January 14.
“There is potential for severe wintry conditions from the [Sudden Stratospheric Warming], with bitter easterlies.
“We will see a more prolonged spell of cold weather than so far this winter.”
To make New Year’s Eve even drabber, Sunday will bring patches of rain and drizzle, particularly in the West.
There will also be rain in the North of Scotland as brighter spells and gusty winds blow through the North of England.
And the unseasonably warm highs of low double-figure temperatures will continue on Sunday.
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