Britons have been warned to expect 3 months of snow and frost, which could be the worst winter in most people’s lifetime. Arctic gales and 7 feet of snow look set to coat the UK and stay put until early next year. The Met Office has said that temperatures are to be lower than the average for this time of year.

The winter of 1947 had 7 metre high drifts and floods which saw power stations shut, TV broadcasts suspended and magazines stop publishing – is this what we are facing for winter 2014?

So, break out the thermals to keep you toasty warm as these Arctic conditions look set to be staying for a while.