A freezing cold air mass will overtake Europe, going from Ireland to Siberia, which is part of a new record-breaking weather pattern across the North Atlantic Ocean.
The cold will lead to temperatures to dip below freezing in London, where they are expecting snow in the next couple of weeks.
The U.K. Met Office referred to the cold streak as “exceptional,” saying it is the coldest air to hit the country since 2013. The cold winds from Siberia, which push the air into Central Europe and the UK, are popularly called “The Beast from the East.”
“The cold easterly wind will persist bringing a significant wind chill which will make it feel several degrees colder than thermometers indicate,” the Met Office warned in a press release.
The weather agency sent out a Twitter animation showing a frightening dark blue area of cold air surrounding all of Europe in the next couple of days like a huge blotch of ink.
Paul Gundersen, a Met Office chief forecaster, said, “Parts of southern England and Wales are likely to see their coldest spell of weather since 2013.” Gundersen said the UK could see several chances of snow in the next week.
The mainland of Europe will be hit even harder with the cold front. They should expect heavy snowfall in northern Spain, the Italian and French Alps, mountains of Croatia, and other areas of southeastern Europe. This is the coldest weather of the decade, so it sucks that they are seeing this so late in the winter.
— Met Office (@metoffice) February 23, 2018
After it’s all said and done, Europe will be covered in deep snow, just in time for spring.
Eastern Europe and Scandinavia will see the coldest air in the continent. The weather will not only be frigid, but it’s gonna be around for a week and a half, and perhaps even longer.
Latest updates on the Arctic outbreak arriving this weekend. A large pool of very cold airmass over W Russia and Scandinavia will start progressing W-SW tomorow and spread across central Europe early Sunday, advancing into W Europe and Mediterranean by Monday. Map: @meteociel pic.twitter.com/YGyMp00ds3
— severe-weather.EU (@severeweatherEU) February 23, 2018