UK weather: more snow expected after record-breaking minus temperatures

UK weather: more snow expected after record-breaking minus temperatures

Met Office records coldest UK temperature for 25 years in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, at -23C

More snow is expected in parts of the UK this weekend after a record-breaking week of cold weather, according to the Met Office.

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More snow is expected in parts of the UK this weekend after a record-breaking week of cold weather, according to the Met Office.

The UK recorded its coldest temperature for 25 years in Braemar in Aberdeenshire on Wednesday night, when the mercury dropped to -23C. In Scotland, and parts of Wales, Northern Ireland, and northern England, yellow weather warnings are in place for snow and ice on Saturday and Sunday.

But parts of the UK are expected to enjoy milder conditions next week, the Met Office said. Temperatures are expected to reach double figures next week, following icy weather over the weekend.

Northern Ireland is still grappling with disruption caused by snow, with blizzards expected and wind speeds likely to reach 40mph in coastal areas. The Met Office forecaster Luke Miall warned that the conditions would “really significantly reduce visibility when driving”.

A yellow weather warning for snow is in place until 10pm on Saturday, with people advised to make only essential journeys. Weather warnings for wind have also been put in place for counties Down and Antrim from 04:00 GMT to 23:59 on Sunday. Transport remains disrupted and sports games have been called off.

Loch Glascarnoch, near Garve in northern Scotland, recorded the lowest temperature in the UK on Friday night at -6.5C, while temperatures dropped to -5.8C overnight at Pennerley in Shropshire and -5.6C at Parc Bryn Bach in Tredegar, South Wales.

In London, parts of the Thames have frozen over.

The chief meteorologist at the Met Office, Neil Armstrong, said: “For the past week the UK has been in a very cold air mass with temperatures well below average, this will change through the weekend as milder air moves in from the Atlantic and pushes that cold air mass out into the North Sea.

“Where temperatures were close to freezing in many places last week, we could expect to see 11C or 12C next week,” he said, though warned that “there are still some wintry hazards to get through over the next few days, with low temperatures, strong winds and further snow especially in Northern Ireland.”

Public Health England extended its cold weather alert during the weekend, encouraging people to check on vulnerable relatives and neighbours, from a distance.

Dr Owen Landeg, group leader for extreme events and health protection at PHE, said cold weather can have a “serious impact on health, particularly for older people and those with heart and lung problems, as it increases the risks of heart attacks, strokes and chest infections”.

“Make a call, or socially distanced doorstep visit if they live close by, to remind them to heat their home to at least 18C, 64.4F, and to keep up to date with the forecast,” he said. “It’s also helpful to check they have enough food and drinks and any medicines they need.”

This week England and Wales also recorded their lowest temperature for February on Thursday, when Ravensworth, in North Yorkshire, reached -15.3C overnight.

• This article was amended on 14 February 2021. Due to an error in agency copy, an earlier version incorrectly stated that the UK had experienced its coldest temperature for 65 years; this has been corrected to 25 years. © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

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