UK weather: Met Office warns of ‘coldest night of the season’ with temperatures at -10C


Met Office forecasters say they expect to see the mercury falling below zero in many parts of the country, including in cities such as London, where it could be -2C in the late hours of Sunday

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Met Office: Tonight to be ‘coldest night of the season’ at -10C

The UK has been told to brace itself for the “coldest night of the season” with temperatures set to plunge as low as -10C in parts of the country.

Met Office forecasters say they expect to see the mercury falling below zero in many parts of the country, including in cities such as London, where it could be -2C in the late hours of Sunday.

Many parts of the country have also been given snow warnings – with up to 2cm predicted to fall in the capital.

It has also issued two yellow ice warnings – one across eastern parts of Scotland and another stretching from the north-east of England down to the south coast – from Sunday afternoon.

The UK has been told to brace itself for what is being called the “coldest night of the season”
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The warnings, set to last until Monday morning, say people should expect to see “icy patches” on roads and pavements, meaning accidents and slips and falls are “more likely”.

Many parts of the country fell below freezing to around – 5C overnight, with Shap in Cumbria hitting -6.4C.

It comes after Storm Arwen wreaked havoc across much of the UK, bringing strong winds, sleet and snow.

Vehicles travel tentatively on the snow-covered A53 close to Buxton in Derbyshire, amid freezing conditions in the aftermath of Storm Arwen
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Met Office forecaster Tom Morgan said: “As Storm Arwen is clearing out to Europe, a cold northerly flow of wind has been left behind in the UK, causing some of the bitterly cold temperatures we’ve seen.

“There is set to be further wintry weather on Sunday, with snow expected to fall across areas in Scotland and northern England, and even in parts of southern and central England.

“Parts of Scotland and northern England, where snow is on the ground, will be very cold again tonight, with the temperature certainly falling below zero and even as low as minus 10C (14F), which would make it the coldest night of the season so far.

“Though this is expected to be the exception rather than the rule, temperatures of below freezing will be widespread, including in London and the South East which could hit -2C.

“Even if you do live in a city, you can expect to be scraping frost, ice or even snow off your cars on Monday morning.”

Mr Morgan added that, although frost will also be seen in Wales and Northern Ireland, temperatures there will not fall as low as England and Scotland.

A cold weather alert was issued by the UK Health Security Agency on Friday, remaining in place until Monday, prompting advice to people to try to stay warm and look out for those most at risk from the effects of the chilly conditions such as the elderly and anyone with heart and lung problems.

Mr Morgan said this is due to an “Arctic shot” which has moved south across the UK
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Mr Morgan said this is due to an “Arctic shot” which has moved south across the UK.

The cold spell comes after three people were killed when trees were blown over by strong winds as Storm Arwen hit on Friday.

Gusts of almost 100mph also caused transport disruption, power cuts and damage to buildings, while heavy snow led to lorries getting stuck and ploughs being used in a number of areas.

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