UK weather forecast: Warmer temperatures on the way after snow-inspired chaos and England's coldest night of winter

Minus 11.7C recorded at Chillingham Barns in Northumberland

Peter Stubley
Sunday 03 February 2019 10:34
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UK weather: The latest Met Office forecast

England experienced the coldest night of the winter so far on Saturday as temperatures plummeted across the UK ahead of milder conditions next week.

Chillingham Barns in Northumberland recorded a low of -11.7C at around 5am on Sunday, according to the Met Office.

The coldest spot in Scotland was Braemar in the Highlands with -12.6C, a few degrees warmer than the low of -15.4C set there on Thursday.

Swyddffynnon in Dyfed, Wales, fell to -6.5C, while the lowest temperature recorded in Northern Ireland was -2.6C in Katesbridge, County Down.

A yellow weather warning for icy roads was issued for southern England and East Anglia until 11am on Sunday.

Snow and ice are also expected to disrupt the Monday morning commute to work in Scotland on Monday.

“Much of the UK’s dry, but across the north-west and west of Scotland there are some snow showers,” Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said.

“There is a weather warning that will be in place from 7am onward as that band pushes eastwards.

“It will be a cold, frosty start for many and then there is the risk of some more rain, sleet and snow coming into western Scotland by the end of the night into Monday morning.”

The cold snap caused widespread travel disruption. Airports and schools were closed, sports matches were cancelled and more than 100 drivers abandoned their cars to take refuge in a pub in Cornwall on Thursday night.

However forecasters are expecting a return to average temperatures in the week ahead, with milder weather in the south from Tuesday onwards.

The long-range forecast suggests unsettled weather with a mixture of sunshine, showers and wet and windy conditions, and possibly snow in the northern hills.

“Temperatures are likely to be near normal, but will fluctuate day-to-day, perhaps milder overall,” according for the Met Office outlook for between 7 and 16 February.

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Forecasters say there is a “low likelihood of widely cold conditions developing” in the second half the month.

“There is the possibility that frontal systems may bring wintry hazards, particularly if a more east or northeasterly flow develops,” a Met Office spokesman said. “Temperatures overall around the average.”

Additional reporting by Press Association

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