8th January - Today's News: Polar Vortex Brings Record Low Temperatures to North America
Big freeze shatters North America temperature records - even Hell has frozen over!
Meanwhile, the Met Office explain what is causing the extreme cold over North America?
But beware the trick of turning boiling water into snow: at least 50 people injured trying it in the US
And it's starting to look like we could see winter finally arrive in southern Britain next week - with temperatures plummeting in some places to several degrees below freezing at night! Actually, looks like a couple of days of cold, grey, dross here and at present no sign we'll see any snow. But plenty of time yet for that.
In England, further flooding risk as heavy rain forecast tonight - and there looks to be more next week, before the cold air seeps in from the east. And UK floods prompt space charter activation - I'm amazed this data isn't available as a matter of course!
Tumultuous tides wreak havoc along coastline of Portugal
In Australia, heat to hit again - and hard