cold snap

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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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After one of the mildest Christmas periods in years, the country is bracing itself for a cold snap which will see temperatures plummet.
Summary: Weather forecasters say Britain is not set for a seven-day cold snap from the weekend with snow despite reports of a cold snap.
Matt Dobson, a forecaster with Meteogroup UK, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "There will be a cold snap, but it will be over by Wednesday, when it will become milder and wetter.
This event triggered a cold snap known as the Little Ice Age.
Ahead of a cold snap on Friday, gales and heavy rain could bring more misery to areas already hit by flooding.