Britain is bracing itself for a white Christmas this year after weather forecasters predicted snow, ice and the coldest winter in half a decade.
Temperatures are expected to drop as low as -16C for the first time since December 2010, prompting bookies to slash the odds of snow to 2/1.
According to scientists, the melting of the Greenland ice sheet has slowed the Gulf Stream, which pushes warm currents towards Britain.
With the coldest Atlantic Ocean for more than 80 years between January and August, weather experts have predicted 36 days of snow and ice.
AccuWeather meteorologist Tyler Roys has said Northern England and Scotland are in for especially “full-on cold spells”.
The Met Office has not issued a winter forecast but has warned of more Atlantic storms than normal until the end of December.
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