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Met Office rubbishes claims 'worst winter for decades' is on the way
12:44pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
The Met Office says that while 'once again it is the season for speculation and big headlines' over winter weather, it is simply too early to say.
The front page of the Daily Express today claims: ‘Worst winter for decades: Record-breaking snow predicted for November’, with the headline, and story picked up by news websites across the UK.
The Met Office says that despite similar headlines last year, instead winter 12/13 ended up being only the 43rd coldest on record with an average temperature of 3.3C and flooding until the turn of the year.
The agency added: "What the Daily Express has failed to explain to it’s readers is that there is absolutely no certainty about what weather the UK will see over the winter period. The science simply does not exist to make detailed, long-term forecasts for temperature and snowfall even for the end of November, let alone for the winter period, which does not officially start until 1 December.
"While we have seen a return to more normal, cooler temperatures for this time of year, this is no indication of what we can expect over the next four months with regards to temperatures and when we might see snow. It is far too early to tell.
"Ultimately, we’re heading into winter and it is perfectly possible that we will see the whole range of weather that we get in winter at some point over the coming months, including snow and freezing temperatures, but also heavy rain, windy weather and mild conditions too."