Temperatures plummeted to -13C in some areas in a single day because the UK’s chilly snap seems to be set to proceed till Friday – with stormy climate hitting this weekend.
Glen Ogle in central Scotland noticed the mercury fall to -13C, whereas -11C was recorded at Tulloch Bridge within the Scottish Highlands.
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Freezing temperatures and snow will proceed for a lot of the UK this week due to chilly Arctic air shifting south – making it 5C to 6C decrease than ordinary for this time of 12 months.
A Met Office spokeswoman mentioned the low temperatures – which have prompted an amber chilly alert for England from the UK Health Security Agency – are additionally as a consequence of how lengthy the chilly snap has lasted.
“It’s due to the prolonged nature of this cold spell, it will have been lasting for quite a few days,” the spokeswoman mentioned.
“A build-up of snow, as nicely, simply permits for the temperatures to get colder and colder and we do not typically see a chilly spell final three to 5 days.
“The air is coming directly from the Arctic, so it is exceptionally cold air,” she added.
Yellow climate warnings for snow and ice are in place throughout Scotland, a lot of northern England and components of North Wales at the moment and tomorrow.
More than 40cm (15in) of snow may very well be seen on excessive floor in northwest Scotland by the top of Friday because it continues to construct up over the approaching days.
“Potentially disruptive” stormy climate is then set to land on Sunday, the Met Office mentioned, which may even carry milder temperatures.
“It’s staying cold until Friday, and then looking further ahead into the weekend we’ve got some deep areas of low pressure pushing in, so a big change in weather type, and we could see some stormy conditions by the end of the week,” the spokeswoman mentioned.
“The cold isn’t lasting right to the end of the week, but we have a very different type of potentially disruptive weather arriving.”
The Met Office’s long-range forecast, which will be susceptible to vary, mentioned that “there is the potential for some damaging winds on Sunday into Monday, especially in the north. Rain is likely to be heavy at times across many western hills.”
Scotland was among the many worst-hit components of the UK for snow and ice, with Transport Scotland warning motorists to be ready in the event that they must undertake journeys.
Stein Connelly, head of transport resilience (operations), mentioned: “This cold snap is… causing difficult driving conditions in the current warning areas. It’s important that anyone that has to travel during the warning period plans their journey in advance and allows extra time. Police Scotland’s official travel advice is likely to change at short notice.”
The freezing climate noticed faculties closed and transport affected, with 1000’s of households in England and Wales changing into eligible for chilly climate funds.
They are made to weak folks, together with pensioners, to assist them pay for heating when the temperature dips beneath freezing.
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The funds go to these residing in an space the place the typical temperature is recorded as, or forecast to be, 0C or beneath over seven consecutive days.
Payments will probably be made to properties throughout Cumbria, Oxfordshire, Yorkshire, Northumberland, Norfolk, Staffordshire and Powys in Wales.