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cold snap

A short period of cold temperatures. It was finally beginning to get warm outside when we were hit with a cold snap that damaged my newly blossoming tulips.
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cold snap

Also, cold spell. A short period of unusually cold weather, as in The recent cold snap has threatened the crop. The first expression presumably likens snap in the sense of "a sudden bite or cut" to sudden unexpected cold. The variant is more obvious, spell having been used in the sense of "a bout or turn at something" since the early 1700s. [Early 1800s]
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The lack of any notable frost and cold snaps has seen fruit grow past its usual date, with Anna Latham, 19, picking the last few raspberries yesterday as the temperature was around 11AC.
But he stressed he wasn't ruling out the possibility of the extremely cold snap heading to Wales in the long term.
The cold snap follows record high temperatures for January in many parts of the country.
Met Eireann confirmed it will get much colder but could not predict how long the cold snap will last.
But Hefin Lloyd Jones, A55 route manager for the North Wales Trunk Road Agency, said the entire length of the A55 had been gritted morning and night for the last week and this would continue while the cold snap lasted.
Worried about the cold snap being felt throughout California, Gov.
The current cold snap is "saving the worst to last", according to forecasters, as a number of places yesterday recorded some of the coldest daytime temperatures for several years.
The nation has been in the grip of a cold snap since the weekend, with temperatures dipping well below freezing overnight in many areas.
The cold snap provided a key test of ISO New England's management of the power grid and the competitive wholesale electricity markets," said Gordon van Welie, President and Chief Executive Officer of ISO New England.
The sudden cold snap arrived yesterday with sleet and hail, when wind direction changed from the warmer south west to a cold north wind from the icy North Atlantic.
Armies of gritters have been spreading thousands of tonnes of salt on the region's roads since the cold snap began on Tuesday.
Snow and sleet are forecast for all parts of the country from Thursday as temperatures take a tumble in a new cold snap.
In the West Midlands it is estimated that in the week December 15 to 22, 272 people will die as a result of the cold snap.
Although inventories of natural gas are adequate to finish the heating season comfortably and within normal levels, a late season cold snap would prove bullish for regional delivered natural gas prices.
By DEMELZA de BURCA CHARITIES urged people to take care of the elderly yesterday as we prepare for a severe cold snap.