UK weather: Brits brace for coldest winter in 30 YEARS as Beast from East returns

8 September 2019, 16:56 | Updated: 9 September 2019, 10:16

We've enjoyed a brief spot of summer before a cold winter is back once more
We've enjoyed a brief spot of summer before a cold winter is back once more. Picture: PA

By Beci Wood and Mared Parry

After a brief heatwave, the UK is set for a freezing cold winter with lows of -14C.

The UK is set for ANOTHER Beast from the East as we prepare for what could be one of the coldest winters we've faced in 30 years.

Only a mere two months after Britain recorded it's highest ever temperature of 38.7C, scientists have predicted a freezing few months with lows of -14C.

Last year's horrific weather was the cause of multiple deaths
Last year's horrific weather was the cause of multiple deaths. Picture: PA

In one of the longest range forecasts ever, and weather experts say January and February will be our coldest months with the Midlands set to be hit hardest.

The prediction echoes last year's awful Beast from the East which was the cause of multiple fatalities.

Heavy snow is on its way according to forecasters. Picture: Getty

Temperatures of -14C were recorded in parts of Scotland last February during the severe conditions which saw winds of 70mph and 22 inches of snow in Gloucestershire.

A seven-year-old girl was among 22 people who died during the dreadful weather.

A second mini Beast from the East hit in March 2018.

Mark Saunders, a professor of climate prediction at University College London, told The Sunday Times: "This (the forecast) would rank the 2020 January-February central England temperature as the coldest winter since 2013.

"It would also rank January-February 2020 as the seventh coldest winter in the past 30 years."

Read more: Met Office warns Hurricane Dorian will hit this week after devastating the Bahamas and Florida

Heavy snow lead to dangerous conditions
Heavy snowfall lead to dangerous conditions. Picture: Getty

But before the lows of the winter set in, we're likely to record one of the warmest autumn's ever.

Forecaster Brian Gaze said: “Computer forecast models support the three-month period ahead being among the warmest on record.

“Indian summer-like settled and sunny weather is forecast to start in a week’s time, lasting a week or more and seeing highs up to 26C.

The UK enjoyed a very hot July
The UK enjoyed a very hot July. Picture: Getty

"The mercury could soar back up, hitting heights of 26C as a plume of Saharan air follows the fallout from Hurricane Dorian."

But first expect 70mph wind and heavy rainfall this week as Hurricane Dorian merges with tropical storm Gabrielle.