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Is the Beast from the East set to return?

Snow scene in the UK Photo: PA

As we move towards the winter months, the newspapers have printed what may be regarded as scare stories about a potential about a return to the "Beast from the East".

These headlines are in light of a scientific research journal produced by the University College London.

The research talks about the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) and ITV Weather meteorologist Chris Page explains what that is.

"Just because it's statistically likely that we will experience a colder winter given the evidence from this research, the article does not forecast that another record breaking historic winter is on the horizon.

"Just like a horse race, the favourite does not always win!"

– Chris Page

Scientists from the University College London forecast the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) is likely to be in a negative phase and is, therefore, more likely for us to experience a colder winter.

Their researches say temperatures will be colder than normal during January and February 2020.

A forecast average temperature of 3.9C for January to February 2020 in central England – which they say is 0.5C below the 1981-2010 average for the same period.

Scenes of chaos on the roads in the Anglia region in March 2018. Credit: ITV News Anglia

So yes, a cold winter may be on the cards, but we wont know anything about another "Beast from the East" until we're much closer to the event.

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