The two most prominent forecasters in Britain have predicted that this winter will be polar opposites.
The Government-run Met Office predicted a mild few more months ahead. However, the BBC, which derives its information from DTN has warned of a deep freeze.
Experts predict that uncertainty will affect energy, road transport companies, supermarkets and airlines.
John Hammond, a former weatherman at both the BBC and Met Office, said: “It’s meteorological mayhem with huge disagreement on what happens in the months ahead. They are starkly different forecasts and can’t both be right.
“There are huge implications for customers such as Government, the energy sector, media and a wide range of other industries.
“Back-pedalling will be required by one of the big boys. Who will blink first?”
According to the Met Office: “A mild three-month period is more likely than a cold one.
“Consistent with a warming climate, there is a reduction in the chance of cold.”
But the BBC’s forecaster DTN says: “This winter is likely to feature a weak polar vortex, bringing increased cold risks from Arctic air masses later in the season. January and February could feature frigid air, similar to last year.”
The Met Office is hoping it will win out after splurging £1.2billion on a new supercomputer.
The odds of a White Christmas are now lower at the bookies. It looks more likely that blankets will be made from white stuff on December 25th, for the first time since 2010.
Alex Apati from Ladbrokes stated: “Plenty of punters will be dreaming of a White Christmas this year, and the odds suggest they could well get their wish, with 2/1 being on offer for any part of the UK to wake up to snow on December 25th.”
The Met Office says temperatures will not rise above 10C Monday (22/11).
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