Coldest night in 11 YEARS as temperatures tumble to minus 21C! Extreme freeze continues with snow and ice warnings for travel chaos and power cuts until Saturday
- Temperatures plunged to -21.9C at Braemar and -21.1C at Kinbrace, Scotland overnight, Met Office confirmed
- Yellow weather warnings for snow and ice remain in place across swathes of the UK for today and tomorrow
- Thursday starting off cold and frosty with the Met Office warning some areas could see further snow flurries
Britain suffered its coldest night for more than a decade as temperatures plunged as low as -21.9C overnight.
Thermometers last night dipped to -21.9C at Braemar in Aberdeenshire, the coldest in the UK since December 2010, when minus 21.3C (minus 6.3F) was recorded in Altnaharra in the Highlands.
The Met Office said the last time a temperature below minus 20C was recorded in the UK was December 23, 2010.
At Kinbrace in Scotland, the temperature fell to -21.2C overnight.
Scattered snow showers and some sunshine is forecast for large swathes of the UK over the rest of the day throughout today.
Yellow weather warnings for areas where wintry weather could cause travel disruption have been issued for the morning, covering the eastern half of Scotland and England, Devon, and south-west Wales.
A stricken lorry driver lost control on the A299 Thanet Way in Kent yesterday evening
As Kent was battered by snow again, many lorries got caught out on the icy roads – forcing Kent Police to close the A249, a major route from the M20 linking the M2
Thermometers last night dipped to -21.9C at Braemar in Aberdeenshire, the coldest in the UK since December 2010, when minus 21.3C (minus 6.3F) was recorded in Altnaharra in the Highlands
As the snow clears towards the east through the morning, it could become ‘quite pleasant outside with the sunshine, although still bitterly cold’ in western areas, according to Met Office meteorologist Clare Nasir.
The latest plunge in temperatures comes after Tuesday night, when minus 17.1C (1.2F) was recorded in the Scottish Highlands.
That marked the coldest temperature recorded in the UK since January 2010, when the mercury dropped to minus 22.3C (minus 8.1F).
Cities such as Manchester and Carlisle may drop to minus 4C (24.8F) on Thursday, and York is expected to have lows of minus 6C (21.2F).
Nine flood warnings, where flooding is likely, and 88 flood alerts, indicating that flooding is possible, have also been issued for locations across England by the Environment Agency, but none were in place for the other UK nations on Wednesday night.
The forecast prompted responses from local councils in England, with residents warned to take ‘extra care’ while the cold snap lasts.
Ms Nasir said that on Friday and over the weekend the weather is expected to turn ‘quite hazardous’ as ‘an area of cloud and rain’ coupled with extremely cold air brings further risk of snow, and ‘perhaps even of freezing rain’.
The Met Office gave updates as the temperatures got colder overnight in Scotland – with more snow on the way today
The Centrepoint charity for homeless youth has urged people to contact them or Streetlink on 0300 500 0914 if they see people living out in the cold.
Charities have also advised offering anyone sleeping rough a hot drink, meal, blankets or clothing.
The NHS said that despite tough conditions many vaccination centres had remained open, and any missed appointments would be rescheduled.
Several councils in England, including Rugby Borough Council and Southwark Council, in London, were forced to briefly suspend waste collection services due to the weather conditions.
Thurrock Council, in Essex, said more than 100 workers, mostly from street cleaning and waste collection teams, were diverted from regular duties to help clear snow from footpaths and routes to medical centres.
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