Brentwood, 9.45am: 11°C, very heavy rain

The Big Freeze

With frosty mornings and frozen windscreens having become the norm we took a look back on this weekend’s Feelgood Saturday exactly 30 years to the Big Freeze of January 1987, when parts of the south east – including Essex – saw snowfalls of 20 inches. The temperature stayed well below zero for several days, at Caldecott in Rutland falling to an incredible -23.3°C – and at Southend the sea froze over! Meteorologists claim it was probably the most intense cold snap of the 20th century, but of course 1987 would ultimately be remembered for an even more dramatic weather event.

I also gave you another lyric teaser, with these lines:

The gods may throw the dice, their minds as cold as ice

And someone way down here loses someone dear*

*Word Up! was The Winner Takes it All by Abba:


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