Britain is to get a freezing blast of winter with temperatures set to nosedive from today. Winds as cold as -4C (25F) will bring last month’s record mild spell to a shivering halt with Bonfire Night expected to be the chilliest this century. Highways Agency gritters are on standby, ready to be dispatched at a moment’s notice of ice appearing on major roads, with snow expected on higher ground. After the record mild spell, the mercury will plummet by 12C (53F) with Britain going from hotter than Spain to colder than Sweden. Full story >>
A blast is a strong current of air, wind, heat etc. • A blast of cold air hit them as they opened the door.