A cold snap that has left dozens dead across Eastern Europe will reach Britain by the weekend.
Temperatures are set to plunge far below freezing point making the country even colder than the South Pole. Forecasters are expecting overnight temperatures of between -8c (18f) and -10c (14f) on Friday.
A couple walk their dog up Dunkery Hill on Exmoor as blue skies break through the snow clouds above them.
The McMurdo research facility in Antarctica is currently recording -6c (21f) at night. The bitter cold has forced some countries to deploy their armed forces and set up emergency accommodation.
Health chiefs have also started warning that as a result of the freezing conditions, more than 1,500 people a week could be killed by the weather.
Yet no global warming for 15 years and now we see parts of the Northern Hemisphere being bucketed by ice and snow. In fact, we could even be heading for a mini ice age to rival the 70-year temperature drop that saw frost fairs held on the Thames River in the 17th Century.
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It is presumptuous to think we (humans) are a match for the Sun.