Friday, February 3, 2012

Killer Freeze to hit UK this weekend

A cold snap that has left dozens dead across Eastern Europe will reach Britain by the weekend.

Department of Health issue 'Level 3' cold-weather alert as freeze poses significant health risks warning of ice forming on untreated surfaces.

Temperatures are set to plunge far below freezing point making the country even colder than the South Pole. Forecasters are expecting overnight temperatures of between -8c (18f) and -10c (14f) on Friday.

The McMurdo research facility in Antarctica is currently recording -6c (21f) at night. The bitter cold has forced some countries to deploy their armed forces and set up emergency accommodation.

Health chiefs have also started warning that as a result of the freezing conditions, more than 1,500 people a week could be killed by the weather.

To help deal with the extreme cold, the Army has been put on standby. Around four inches of snow and ice could cover part of the country after a high pressure system hanging over Scandinavia which is pushing raw winds towards the UK.

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