Government officials are now urging the UK to prepare for harsh winter weather which could trigger power cuts, damage to homes and travel chaos.
Met Office research reveals around two thirds of the UK is not prepared for a bad winter with remote regional communities most vulnerable.
Oliver Dowden, Minister for Implementation for the Cabinet Office said: “Last year we saw the impact severe weather can have on our services and communities.
“Our public services and emergency responders continue to prepare for severe weather … but everyone can take simple actions to prepare themselves and support their friends and neighbours.
“Thinking ahead can make a big difference if the weather takes a turn for the worse.”
A Met Office spokesman added: “The Met Office recommends you have a torch, candles, bottled water and some basic food supplies available.”
WeatherAction’s Piers Corbyn warned low solar activity is driving an unusually strong jet stream allowing cold air from the Arctic circle to spill over Britain.
He said: “The jet stream is showing wild and complex deviations partly due to a period of low solar activity and this will be one of the main drivers for the very cold and wintery weather we are likely to see over the next few weeks.”
Officials are urging people to keep an eye on elderly relatives and friends and those who may be at risk during cold weather.
Britain has already had a taste of the winter to come, with heavy snow falling in all four UK nations as early as October.
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