Britain is about to be plunged into its biggest deep freeze for 35 years as icy winds powered by the polar vortex sweep in from the Arctic. The Met Office has warned people to brace themselves for significantly lower temperatures than usual as a glacial blast batters the UK.

Forecasters say the public has got used to unusually balmy winters in recent years and are urging families not to get caught out. The Met Office’s forecast for November, December and January warns that UK temperatures are set to plummet into the coldest category it has on record. READ MORE