A Nice Warm Autumn? Not for Long! How time flies, it’s already November and surprisingly, it hasn’t been too cold yet. Some of us still have our windows wide open or air conditioning units in London running! However, forecasters have warned that Britain faces an end to this warm autumn, with temperatures falling towards Siberian levels. Within a fortnight, we should expect our thermometers to dip below zero! According to experts, the country will be coping with -15C by December, which could be as brutal as last winter. Some of us may remember the chaos that the snow brought to Britain last year, with blocked roads, causing accidents and burying houses. The forecasters suggest that snow could hit the country even earlier than it did last year! Positive Weather Solutions spokesperson, Jonathan Powell, said “It will not be as sustained as last year, but these episodes are expected to be severe, with Siberian temperatures.” The warnings came as the Government announced that the Met Office will send out extreme weather alerts this year to social services, the NHS and other agencies in a bid to cut the 25,000 extra deaths in the UK that are caused by winter. Brian Gaze, the forecaster of The Weather Outlook, told the newspaper, “There are signs of a significant change in the mild weather in mid-November. “The current mild weather is caused by a high-pressure block to our east, keeping us under a south-westerly flow of Atlantic air. “But it looks as though high pressure could move further north west, allowing much colder air to filter across the UK from the north or east, with the risk of snow increasing.” Exacta Weather, spokesperson, James Madden, warned that it would be “very cold and snowy across many parts of the UK” this winter. He also added that there would be “frequent and widespread heavy snowfalls during November to January across many parts of the UK and Ireland, with below-average temperatures.” I will definitely be buying grit for the drive and snow boots, in preparation for the winter! Brace Yourself for a Cold Autumn and Winter Forecasters have predicted that Britain is just weeks away from temperatures as low as -20C, which will be a shock to our system after the nice weather we’ve been spoiled with. Cairngorms in Scotland has already had two inches of snow this week and the rest of Britain is being warned to prepare themselves for snow and wintery conditions at the end of October or beginning of November. Some of us may have already noticed a chill in the air, especially in the mornings on the way to work! Aberdeenshire has already dropped to 8C, which is 21.5C below the temperature we had during our ‘Indian summer’. Council leaders have revealed that local authorities are stockpiling thousands of tonnes of extra road grit, in belief of another snowy winter. In total, it has been estimated that 1.4 million tonnes of salt is expected to be stock piled this year. Shops are also planning ahead, Halfords has ordered in 10,000 plastic sledges in preparation of snow! Long range forecaster for Exacta Weather, James Madden, said “I expect the most frequent and heavy snowfalls to occur across many parts of the UK during November, December and January at present.” He says that he expects that snowfall records will be broken in this time frame. Many authorities faced criticism last winter as many motorists battled snowy, dangerous roads and many people became stranded. Even though it sounds like local councils are well prepared this year, it sounds like many of us will want to be snuggled up in front of the fire place in front of the TV, enjoying a mug of hot chocolate with the air conditioning units in London definitely being switched off!