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Britain could be heading for an Arctic blast of cold weather just after Christmas as sub-zero temperatures could see ice and snow across the country until the middle of January.

Much of the UK has been hit with snowstorms and frosty weather in the run-up to Christmas this month, which have given way to more mild temperatures this week.

But forecasters are now warning the country could see a major winter blast blow in from the Arctic, with winds as cold as -11C.

Weather systems blowing in to the UK from across the globe could follow a similar pattern as 2018’s Beast From the East, which caused disruption and travel chaos for weeks as gusts reached speeds of 70mph.

January could see the return of snowstorms with winds as cold as -11C. Pictured: Edinburgh earlier this month

January could see the return of snowstorms with winds as cold as -11C. Pictured: Edinburgh earlier this month

Forecasters have said the UK could be hit by freezing weather for an entire month as storms sweep in from the Atlantic

Forecasters have said the UK could be hit by freezing weather for an entire month as storms sweep in from the Atlantic

Extreme cold in the US and pressure patterns from around Iceland could see Britain swept with far colder temperatures over the next few weeks.

The latest cold snap could see heavy snow return to the UK, adding to the travel chaos already being caused by strikes this month.

This month has already seen temperatures plunge as low as -17C, with snowstorms across Scotland cutting off power to thousands of homes on the Shetland Islands.

The Met Office has said colder weather could return from Boxing Day until early January, with rain and snow arriving alongside brighter spells. 

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James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, told GB News: ‘The rest of December and January are showing signs of frequent spells of cold wintry weather with below-average temperatures and numerous wintry blasts.

‘We could now be looking at a lengthy cold period setting in for a number of weeks and the potential for some of the coldest and snowiest weather since December 2010.’

The mild weather is expected to continue until Christmas day, but ice-cod weather could still hit parts of the country this week. 

Thousands of households in south-east England could even face Christmas without running water after freezing temperatures caused pipes to burst.

Water companies are working to ensure tens of thousands of homes in large parts of Sussex, Kent and Hampshire are reconnected by the weekend.

Firms said the rapid thaw of frozen pipes had increased the number of bursts and leaks on the underground network of pipes, causing storage reservoir levels to drop after temperatures plunged below zero.

South East Water said it is ‘committed to getting its customers who are currently without water back in supply by Christmas Day if not sooner’.

The firm said there was a 300 per cent increase in the number of bursts, and chief executive David Hinton told BBC South East Today about 5,000 properties were still affected on Wednesday.

The freezing weather seen last week could return to the UK, with temperatures predicted to plunge after Christmas

The freezing weather seen last week could return to the UK, with temperatures predicted to plunge after Christmas 

Southern Water said in a statement: ‘We are currently facing significant pressure on our water supply in parts of Hampshire, caused by a combination of factors including leaks resulting from the recent ‘freeze/thaw’ event.

‘This has meant demand for water is outstripping the ability of our water treatment sites to keep taps running.

‘We are working as hard as we can to solve this issue, tackling leaks and stabilising supply, but we must also make difficult decisions to reduce demand – in order to protect critical Hampshire infrastructure like hospitals.

‘This is why we unfortunately have to restrict water supplies to some customers in parts of Hampshire, for a period of at least 48 hours.’

Cars are seen snaking up Winnats Pass in the Peak District last week amid the wintry weather

Cars are seen snaking up Winnats Pass in the Peak District last week amid the wintry weather

Drivers negotiate Winnats Pass in the Peak District following the first heavy snowfall of the year

Drivers negotiate Winnats Pass in the Peak District following the first heavy snowfall of the year 

A snow covered field near Castleton in the Peak District. Snow and ice swept across parts of the UK this month

A snow covered field near Castleton in the Peak District. Snow and ice swept across parts of the UK this month 

Both water companies apologised for the disruption.

Emergency supplies of bottled water have been delivered to towns and villages.

Caroline Nokes, MP for Romsey and Southampton North, tweeted: ‘I’ve asked Southern Water to set up a bottled water station in Southampton – not acceptable that the closest one is the park and ride at Winchester.

‘Appreciate the network is under extreme pressure, but residents reliant on public transport cannot get to Winchester tonight.’

Mr Hinton said in a statement: ‘Our teams are working flat out to find, fix and repair the leaks on our pipes but we’re asking customers to help too by checking their homes, businesses, empty properties, outside taps and troughs in any fields for leaks and get them repaired as soon as possible.

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‘Leaks within properties can cause extensive damage which can be costly to repair.’

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