The bizarre Groundhog Day tradition – made famous by the 1993 film starring Bill Murray – is celebrated on February 2 every year.

According to folklore, if the weather is cloudy when the groundhog emerges out of its den then spring will come early.

At 7am this morning, Pennsylvania locals were crushed when Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow.

The animal’s handlers brought him out of his hole where he broke the news in “groundhogese”.


TRADITION: Punxsutawney Phil makes his prediction on February 2 every year

Phil – alleged to be 133 years old – always gives his forecast on top of a hill called Gobbler’s knob.

And if the legend is to be believed, the UK could suffer the consequences of six more weeks of winter if the jet stream steers weather conditions towards Britain from the Atlantic.

Earlier this month, Storm Eleanor battered the UK with winds of 80mph after sweeping across the ocean.

Punxsutawney PhilREUTERS

BAD OMEN: Pennsylvania locals were crushed when Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow

Alex Deakin of the Met Office said low pressure systems from the US will dominate the weather in the early stages of 2018.

Daily Star Online today revealed that Britain is about to experience its coldest weekend of winter.

Freezing air brought by winds from Canada and the Arctic Sea is forecast to send the mercury plummeting to brutal lows of -10C in some regions tonight.

Temperatures will remain in the low single figures during the day across most of Britain before more torrid winter weather next week.

But people can take comfort in Phil’s previous mistakes.

Since 1988, he has been right 14 times and wrong a whopping 16 times.

Last year, he forecast six weeks of winter but the US recorded its second warmest February on record.

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