The Northern Hemisphere is bracing for one of its coldest winters in decades, according to long range weather forecasts, with heavy snowfall predicted to begin as early as October.
The dramatic forecast comes as the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed life expectancy averages in the UK have stalled for the first time since records began.
The average for England stayed at 82.9 years for women and 79.2 years for men, according to data recorded between 2015 and 2017.
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said, “Recent trends in life expectancy and mortality in the UK can also be seen in a number of countries across Europe, North America and Australia.”
The US is on track for its first three-year decline since the Spanish Flu a century ago.
Cold Weather Link
UK mortality rates rose sharply in February and March of 2018 — a result of a combination of influenza and uncharacteristically cold weather (the Beast from the East), the ONS said.
Drops in temperatures below 0C were linked to a rise in flu in a 2016 study based on 20,000 virus samples.
Nicklas Sundell, researcher at Sahlgrenska Academy and infectious diseases specialist at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, said: “We believe that this sudden drop in temperature contributes to ‘kickstart’ the epidemic.
“Once the epidemic has started, it continues even if temperatures rise. Once people are sick and contagious, many more may become infected.”
As global average temperatures continue to fall, owing to the Grand Solar Minimum’s intensification, this mortality trend is likely to worsen.
Forecast models are becoming evermore confident of a brutal 2018 Northern Hemisphere winter.
History tells us humans have suffered greatly during times of cold.