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How the UK cold snap relates to climate change

Is the "Beast from the East" caused by global warming? Short answer: maybe. Long answer: it's all about sudden stratospheric warming

By Kelly Oakes  

Commuters enjoy the snow on London Bridge. But is this cold snap linked to climate change? Photo: PA

This time last week you’d have been forgiven for thinking spring was just around the corner. But now the UK has been plunged into freezing cold temperatures and parts of the country are under snow, thanks to a blast of cold air forecasters are calling the “beast from the east.” The Met Office says in some areas it’ll be the coldest spell we’ve had for several years. Does it have anything…

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