By Paul Homewood
Get the popcorn out!
A rare clash has emerged between the two UK weather giants after they made wildly different long-term predictions for the coming winter.
Britain’s two biggest forecaster predicted the polar opposites for this winter.
Executive government Met Office had forecast the next few months but the BBC, citing information from DTN, warned of a deep freeze.
Experts say energy and trucking companies, airlines and supermarkets will all be affected by the uncertainty.
John Hammond, a former weather officer at both BBC and the Met Office, said: “Meteorology is tumultuous with great disagreement over what will happen in the coming months. They are completely different forecasts and it is impossible for both to be correct.
“There are huge implications for customers like Government, the energy sector, the media and a host of other industries.
“Pushing back will be required by one of the big boys. Who will blink first? ”
The Met Office said: “A mild three-month period is more likely than a cold period.
“In line with a warming climate, the likelihood of getting cold is reduced.”
However, BBC forecaster DTN said: “This winter is likely to see a weak polar vortex, increasing the risk of freezing cold from the arctic air masses later in the season. January and February can be cold, similar to last year.”