Parts of the UK could face the coldest February night since the 1940s after warnings that mercury could drop to minus 20 ° C.
After recording the UK’s coldest night in eleven years, forecasters, including the Met Office, are now warning it could get worse. MirrorOnline reports five more days with bitingly cold weather.
Temperatures in Altnaharra in the Scottish Highlands dropped to -16.7 ° C as early as Tuesday morning, the coldest since 2010, but it could get worse on Thursday.
In almost all parts of the country there will be a sub-zero frost in the coming days amid the persistent severe weather warnings of snow and ice.
And Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge told The Mirror that in the early hours of Thursday morning, temperatures in the Scottish highlands could reach -20 ° C.
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The lowest recorded temperature for February was -20.6 ° C, measured on February 25, 1947 in Woburn, Bedfordshire.
Current forecasts predict lows of -18 ° C in parts of Scotland.
Great Britain has been ravaged by relentless heavy snow showers for days while the “Beast from the East 2” continues to beat the country.
Police have also warned not to travel as the cold spell caused by Storm Darcy continues to wreak havoc on the roads and railways.
A yellow weather warning for snow, which runs the length of the land by midnight, says that up to six inches of white material could build up in places.
Icy stretches are warned as well as travel interruptions due to the “frequent snow showers”.
The Met Office has stated that travel chaos is likely as roads and railways are affected as well as the risk of vehicles being stranded and long delays.
There is also a risk of injury from slipping or falling on icy surfaces, and rural communities could be cut off.
As of Thursday, a snow and ice warning will remain in place in parts of northeast England and Scotland.
Until Friday noon, it warns of more snow showers, bringing more misery to travelers and communities already affected by the ongoing storm.
And forecasters have warned that the cold weather will stay here, as long-term projections predict that “very cold” conditions will last until the weekend, with more snow falling in places.
The flood continues to be a problem with the Environment Agency currently issuing 15 flood warnings, meaning immediate action is required, as well as 98 flood warnings.
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Office forecast met
Another cold day, but less windy for many, especially in the north. Western parts see most of the protection with some good sun magic. Snow showers persist in the eastern areas and northern islands.
Snow showers continue in the extreme southeast and northern islands, but die out elsewhere in the east. Very cold with easing winds for most.
Scattered snow showers in the extreme northeast, isolated snow showers initially in the very south. Otherwise dry but cold. Cloudy in the southwest with a little sleet and snow later possible.