UK weather: Snow and freezing temperatures to continue as Scotland records lowest temperature since 2010

Scotland could see temperatures drops to -18C in the Highlands

Eleanor Sly
Wednesday 10 February 2021 08:30
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<p>Snow and ice will stick around in eastern parts of the UK</p>

Snow and ice will stick around in eastern parts of the UK

Snow and ice look set to remain in many eastern parts of the UK, freezing temperatures and bitterly cold winds affecting swathes of the country.

Met Office yellow weather warnings, both for snow and for ice and snow, are in place from northeastern Scotland down to southeast England, as well as in parts of Northern Ireland. 

These warnings are to remain in place in northeast England and Scotland until midday on Friday, with a yellow warning for ice and snow in force in the area. 

The Met Office has warned of further travel disruption saying: “Some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.”

This comes after Storm Darcy brought railway closures and traffic problems, as well as forcing vaccination centres and schools to shut. 

Temperatures will plummet across the country, with nighttime lows ranging from between -1C to -7C. Daytime temperatures look set to be a little warmer with highs of 4C. 

This comes just a day after the coldest night of the UK winter so far was recorded in the Scottish Highlands on Tuesday morning. Lows of -16.7C were measured in the Highland hamlet of Altnaharra. Met Office spokesperson Nicola Maxey called this the lowest temperature the UK has recorded since 2010. 

Temperatures may well drop even further in Scotland, with the Met Office’s Clare Nasir saying: “We could see a temperature of -17, -18 degrees celsius across the highlands of Scotland.”

Throughout Wednesday snow showers will ease and become more confined to the east of the country. This means clear skies for many, although wind will be felt across the southwest of England. 

The rest of the week looks set to reiman cold, with the potential for more very low temperatures, severe frosts and ice. 

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