The Beast from the East was caused by melting Arctic sea ice, a study has found, with scientists warning of more blizzards to come. The extremely cold conditions that hit the UK in February and March 2018 were fuelled by ice loss in the Arctic’s Barents Sea, scientists have concluded after studying the weather conditions surrounding the event. The sea was 60 per cent ice-free and a “hotbed of extreme evaporation during the Beast from the East”, a scientific paper says, with the excess moisture leading to up to 88 per cent of the snowfall across Europe. A warmer Arctic pushes a polar vortex southwards leading to colder temperatures in Europe, Asia and North America.
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