Britain told to brace itself for the worst weather in 30 years

Posted on December 12, 2011

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BRITAIN was told to brace itself for the worst weather in 30 years – with forecasts of gale-force winds, snow, sleet and torrential rain.

The Met Office issued a weather warning of gales as strong as 100mph and a freezing wind chill factor bringing the coldest week of the winter so far.

Experts said there will be little respite until the New Year with more brutal weather during the run-up to Christmas.

Motoring organisations urged the public to heed the warnings and plan journeys carefully to avoid the “carpet bomb” weather heading our way.

And there were fears that already hard-hit retailers will take another financial wallop as Christmas shoppers may be put off by the extreme elements from stepping out on the high street.

A double whammy of two deep Atlantic low-pressure systems is forecast to smash in from the South-west later tonight.

High winds and rain will lash most of England with the South and Northern Ireland expected to take the brunt of the gales and storm-force winds. Snow and sleet is likely on higher ground as far south as Dartmoor and Exmoor and on the North Downs.

Express

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