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UK weather: Britain to be 'hotter than Hawaii' before 'coldest winter in years'

Mirror logo Mirror 08/09/2019 Stephen White

Forecasters are running hot and cold with their predictions, warning a sweltering end to the summer will be followed by a brutally cold winter.

Later this month, after the remnants of Hurricane Dorian bring a spell of blustery, wet weather, it is expected to turn hotter than Hawaii in the south of the UK, where temperatures will hit 26C.

a body of water with a city in the background: The UK is set to be hotter than Hawaii © Getty Images The UK is set to be hotter than Hawaii

But University College London climate predication experts say the start of 2020 will be one of the coldest in 30 years.

The scientists, led by Prof Mark Saunders, analysed sea temperatures and weather systems over the north Atlantic to make a long-range winter forecast.

Gallery: Extreme weather around the world in 2019 (Photo Services) 

Freezing Arctic air is set to descend in the first months of next year as the Gulf stream sidesteps Britain, leaving us without the warmer weather it normally brings from the Atlantic and Caribbean.

Prof Saunders said: “This would rank the 2020, January-February central England temperature the coldest winter since 2013, and January-February 2020 as the seventh coldest winter in 30 years.”

a red tractor in the snow: Snowy weather tends to divide Brits © PA Snowy weather tends to divide Brits

While the team admit one of the longest-range forecasts ever is not set in stone, they say there is a 57% chance central England will be colder than in the winter of 2018.

But for this week, temperatures will stay moderate.

a man walking up a hill in the snow: It's thought UK weather is being influenced by global warming © PA It's thought UK weather is being influenced by global warming

There will be heavy rain in places on Monday.

Wednesday will become windy as Hurricane Dorian, which has left devastation in the Bahamas and the Carolinas in the US, dissipates over the UK.

a truck covered in snow: A snow plough clearing a road in Scotland in March 2018 © Getty Images A snow plough clearing a road in Scotland in March 2018

Oli Claydon, of the Met Office , said: “The remnants of Dorian are expected to arrive in the UK late on Tuesday afternoon, but will only affect northern parts of the country." 

He added: “By then it will have calmed down significantly.

a truck driving down a street: A roadblock caused by snow in Bath in March 2018 © Getty Images A roadblock caused by snow in Bath in March 2018

"It is no longer expected to arrive at the same time as Tropical Storm Gabrielle, which had been predicted.”

Thirty years ago the winter of 1990-91 saw 8 inches of snow in the Midlands in early December 1990, with 2 foot drifts in Derbyshire.

a person walking down a snow covered street: Storms have left Brits in travel chaos in recent years © Getty Images Storms have left Brits in travel chaos in recent years

In early January there was one foot of snowfall in Northern Scotland. In mid February there was general snowfall, with Bingley in Yorkshire seeing 20 inches. A minimum temperature of minus 5C in Brighton.

But by the winter of 1993-96 snowfalls of up to four feet fell in in Leeds with the coldest temperature since records began recorded in Braemar, Scotland at minus 27.2 Centigrade ( minus 17 F) in 1995.

a vintage photo of a group of people walking down a street: Snow blotted out St Paul's in London in 2018 © Getty Images Snow blotted out St Paul's in London in 2018

By 2003-04 snow fell as early as October in parts of Scotland. 12th March saw as much as 10 inches of snow for parts of SW England and Wales. A temperature low of minus 6.1C

By 2009 and 2010 it was another cold December with temperatures widely 2-3c below average. the coldest January since 1987 across the country.

a person standing on a snow covered sidewalk: Snow and ice are pretty much guaranteed this year © Getty Images Snow and ice are pretty much guaranteed this year

In North West England and west Scotland with temperatures hitting a low of −17.6 °C (0.3 °F) in Greater Manchester, England.

2010/11 Temperatures were around 5c below average which made it the coldest December in over 100 years, and there was significant and widespread snowfall to go with the cold.

a person wearing a costume: It's time to invest in a few warm winter garments © Getty Images It's time to invest in a few warm winter garments

A good deal of the country had snow on the ground right up to and beyond Christmas.

The lowest temperature recorded this winter was in Altnaharra, around 50 miles south-west of John O’ Groats in the Highland region of Scotland.

a train covered in snow: Snow ploughs are essential in heavy snow © Getty Images Snow ploughs are essential in heavy snow

The -22.3C recorded there was the coldest UK minimum since 1995.

In 2018/19 the UK saw a milder than average winter temperature at 5.2C - 1.4C above average.

But in March a polar storm brought the Beast from the East to British shores with heavy snowfalls and some temperatures dropping as low as minis 12C.

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