Snow sees huge rise in cheating Somerset people seeking extra-marital affairs
The snow may have brought lustful urges to hundreds of people across Somerset.
Since temperatures plummeted last week there has been a sharp increase in the county's residents signing up to an extra-marital dating website.
The number of registered users to IllicitEncounters.com has jumped 13 per cent in the county - the second highest in the United Kingdom.
The highest rise was in Essex where there has been an increase of 26 per cent.
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Spokeswoman for Illicit Encounters Vanessa Philips said: "We're surprised by these statistics as previous figures have shown the South West being the ones most likely to stray when the weather turns for the worse.
"A couple of years ago it was Devon at the top of this table.
"In the past week the site has seen an increase of over 5,000 signups.
"In January 2010 a similar pattern emerged with a record number of signups reported.
"Many new applicants joined from Hampshire, Berkshire, and West Country, with more than 900 new members joining from Dorset, Devon and Cornwall in just three days.
"One of the biggest surprises this year was that in many counties the majority of signups have come from women.
"This could possibly be due to them having a bit of winter blues and are feeling the come down after the hype of Christmas and New Year.
"We've also noticed this time round that the average length of time people are spending on the site has increased.
"They're not just checking their mail and logging out, they are becoming more involved with other members through online chat and site activities."