UK ‘to be hit by more sub-zero tem­per­a­tures’

The Gulf Today - - World -

LON­DON: Large swathes of the UK woke up to frost this morn­ing af­ter a night of sub-zero tem­per­a­tures - and more freez­ing weather is on the way.

Fore­cast­ers had pre­dicted -7ºc, which would have made it the cold­est night of the au­tumn so far, but in the end the cold­est it got was -4.9ºc, which was recorded at Ben­son in Ox­ford­shire.

It dropped as far as -3ºc across parts of Glouces­ter­shire, Scot­land and mid-wales.

Meterol­o­gists are now say­ing things will warm up slightly be­fore be­com­ing ex­tremely cold again.

Some snow is fore­cast, but me­te­o­rol­o­gist Alex Burkill told The In­de­pen­dent that apart from “a few slushy de­posits” in parts of Scot­land, most of the snow and sleet in the next few days will hit the moun­tain­ous re­gions of the coun­try.

There may also be some snow over the high­est ground in Eng­land, but it will most likely not set­tle, and the weather will “en­ter a milder spell” in the com­ing week, he said.

He added: “To­wards the end of the week on Fri­day and the week­end, things [will] turn a bit colder, [and there is a] risk of win­try show­ers again in Scot­land.”

Met Of­fice fore­caster Si­mon Par­tridge said: “We’ve had three short cold snaps over the past three week­ends but it will be­come less cold over the com­ing days, be­fore an­other, more pro­longed, cold spell into next week­end.”

The cold­est Novem­ber tem­per­a­ture on record in the UK is -23ºc in Brae­mar, Aberdeen­shire, on 14 Novem­ber 1919.

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