A cold weather warning begins today with a ‘snow moon’ set to be enjoyed by UK skygazers

As a 48-hour cold snap is expected to grip the whole of England, sky watchers are hoping to catch a glimpse of a so-called snow moon over the next three days.

A weather warning has been issued to start from 6pm on Sunday until 6pm on Tuesdayand all regions will have cold nights and overnight frosts.

According to the deputy chief forecaster at the Met Office, David Oliver, an area of ​​high pressure will “dominate” the UK weather, with daytime temperatures returning to mid-single figures, normal for this time of year.

Experts from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Met Office are also encouraging people to stay warm and look out for those most at risk from the effects of the cold weather.

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Despite the cold temperatures, sky watchers are hoping that the skies will be clear enough to be able to see the snow moon, which comes every February and will be visible from Sunday evening.

What is a snow moon?

According to NASA, the second full moon of the year, got its name – the snow moon – from tribes in the North East of America, who named it because of the heavy snow that the season usually receives.

It was also referred to as the hunger moon due to the scarcity of food and harsh hunting conditions of the month.

As well as the full moon this year, the planets Mars, Jupiter and Venus will also be visible in the night sky.

When is the snow moon expected in the UK?

The snow moon will reach peak illumination at 6.28pm GMT (1.29pm EST) on Sunday, according to NASA. This means it will happen about two hours after the moon rises.

It will be on full display for three days, ending on Tuesday.

When the moon is at peak illumination, it will be approximately 404,184.89km from Earth, and at magnitude -12.53, according to the BBC.

With many looking forward to seeing the moon and the visible planets, Dr Agostinho Sousa, a consultant in public health medicine, said it is “important to check in on family, friends and relatives who are more vulnerable to the cold weather”.

He recommended that individuals with a pre-existing medical condition or who are over 65 should heat their homes to at least 18C.

If it is not possible to heat every room, the UKHSA recommends heating the living room during the day and the bedroom just before going to bed.

People will keep warmer than one thicker layer when wearing several layers of thinner clothing. It is also effective in keeping plenty of food and hot drinks warm.

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