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UK weather forecast: Britain plunges to -11C but there's worse to come next week

Mirror logo Mirror 18/01/2019 Bradley Jolly
A man cycles through the snow in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside. © PA A man cycles through the snow in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside.

Temperatures across Britain have plummeted to a brutal -11C with a vicious deep freeze set to continue.

More snow fell overnight, particularly in higher ground and rural areas, and yellow weather warnings remain in place for large sections of the UK.

Surfaces are icy and conditions are hazardous in some regions, particularly for driving and walking.  

The mercury rapidly started dropping overnight and reached -10.7C in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire.

It became colder and colder every hour or so from 10pm as winter "arrived properly".

Looking ahead, the Met Office has warned snow could be 'disruptive' around the country on Monday and Tuesday.

a car parked on the side of a snow covered road © Credits: Andy Commins / Daily Mirror

Alex Burkill, Met Office meteorologist, said: "Winter's here now properly.

"It feels like winter and the weather's resembling it."

It'll remain bitterly cold for most regions throughout the morning, forecasters warned.

Related: Stunning images of snow-covered Britain (StarsInsider)

"Generally, across much of England, it's going to be very cold and frosty," the forecaster added.

The Met Office told the Evening Standard: "Rain, sleet and hill snow are pushing in on Friday morning, with 2-4cm of snow falling over higher ground above 250 metres in Wales and a little bit possible in western Scotland and south-western England."

"It will be cold with rain and sleet through the weekend, but next week is when there’s the potential for disruptive snow, particularly on Monday night into Tuesday and Wednesday night into Thursday," the statement continued.

a screenshot of a cell phone © Credits: Press Association Images

The snow and ice weather warning has particular focus along the east coast of England and remains in place until 10am today.

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Yesterday, parts of Britain were turned into a winter wonderland as the first significant snowfall of the season hit.

Northern England and Scotland saw as much as 4cm fall.

It led to difficult driving conditions and chaos on pubic transport in some areas.

Some roads were described as "sheet ice".

With the Arctic air sweeping the country, British Gas is predicting more than 81,200 engineer call outs across the UK this week alone.

Hannah Hughes, a service and repair engineer, said: "Having no heating or hot water during the colder months is people’s worst winter disaster in the home."


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