The BBC and Met Office are at odds over winter weather forecasts calling for a ‘deep cold.’.

With long-term forecasts for the coming winter vastly different, a rare battle has now broken out between Britain’ s two great weather forecasters.

The government-run Met Office predicted balmy weather in the coming months but the BBC, which draws its information from private company DTN, warned of an intense frost.

Energy and road hauliers, airlines and supermarkets will face uncertainty, according to experts.

John Hammond, a former meteorologist for both the BBC and the Met Office, said: ‘It’s meteorological mayhem with huge disagreement on what happens in the months ahead.

“This winter is expected to have a weak” polARITIVE GIRL “This winter is anticipated to have a weak ­polar ­vortex, bringing ­increased cold dangers from Arctic air masses later in the season,” forecasts the BBC’s weather forecaster

The Met Office is hoping to hit the ground running after spending £1.2bn on a new ‘supercomputer’.

As a result, the odds of a white Christmas from bookmakers are in decline, as it looks more and more likely that 25 December will see a white Christmas for the first time since 2010.

Alex Apati from Ladbrokes said: ‘Plenty of punters will be dreaming of a White Christmas this year, and the odds suggest they could well get their wish, with 2/1 being on offer for any part of the UK to wake up to snow on December 25th.

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The Meteorological Office, abbreviated as the Met Office is the United Kingdom’s national weather service. It is an executive agency and trading fund of the Department for Business, Energy (wikipedia)

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