The Met Office has said that Britain’s weather is set to go from “bad to worse” in March as a blast of icy air from Greenland moves in bringing heavy snow and floods.
The 900 mile-wide ice blast could see temperatures plummet as low as -9C, verging on the coldest of the winter so far and following on from the wettest February since records began 254 years ago.
The south and north of the UK both face fresh snow and floods after Storm Jorge brought the world’s strongest winds at 102mph over the weekend.
One forecaster said March is “roaring in”, echoing the famous 17th century March weather saying: “In like a lion, out like a lamb.”
Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: ‘Cold air coming straight down from Greenland means temperatures close to the coldest of winter from Sunday night to Tuesday night, with down to -9C in Scotland over lying snow, -6C in northern England and -4C in the South.
‘Snow in the week is likely in northern England and Scotland, with a chance to lower levels. Central and southern areas may have occasional hill snow, including on the North and South Downs.
‘There are ice risks in places and Wednesday into Thursday is forecast more rain and gusts up to 50-60mph in the South. It stays wet, windy and chilly into next weekend.’