The big freeze set to last for another month

A tractor tries to clear roads in the hills above Glenarm, in the Glens of Antrim. Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The freezing weather engulfing the UK could last until the end of April, weather forecasters have predicted.

The Met Office suggests temperatures are unlikely to recover to normal averages until the latter part of next month.

It has issued a cold weather alert for much of England, with a 100% probability of severe cold weather and icy conditions until Friday.