ANTARCTICA is bracing itself for weather conditions usually reserved for Lancashire.
Weather alerts have been issued for Antarctica with meteorologists warning that a Northern English front is on its way.
The last Northern winter to hit the continent left a trail of devastation and runny noses and the resident population is worried temperatures could plunge as low as Bolton on a Wednesday night.
Research scientist Bill McKay said: “We’ve already had some of that drizzle that doesn’t exactly necessitate an umbrella but still drenches you within an hour.
“Within the next week we’re expecting it to get really chilly and to need frequent cups of tea.
“The penguins are already starting to look morose.”