COLD weather could hit Britain for the next decade as scientists warn the solar minimum is now in full swing.
The Earth could be moving in for a prolonged period of cold temperatures as experts confirm that the Sun is heading in to a period of inactivity.
Space scientists have stated that the Sun has been without sunspots for 153 days of 2018 – a big sign that a solar minimum is coming.
The Sun follows cycles of roughly 11 years where it reaches a solar maximum and then a solar minimum.
During a solar maximum, the Sun gives off more heat and is littered with sunspots. Less heat in a solar minimum is due to a decrease in magnetic waves.
According to Space Weather: “So far this year, the sun has been without sunspots for more than 153 days – including the last 11 days straight.
“To find a similar stretch of blank suns, you have to go back to 2009 when the Sun was experiencing the deepest solar minimum in a century.
“Solar minimum has returned, bringing extra cosmic rays, long-lasting holes in the Sun's atmosphere.”
The Sun was not expected to head into a solar minimum until around 2020, and if it is heading in early, it will mean a prolonged cold snap.