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UK Weather: Parts Of Scotland Forecast To Reach -15C

The coldest temperatures in 14 years could hit the UK overnight, the Met Office has said, with parts of Scotland potentially reaching -15C.

Freezing temperatures and snow will continue for much of Britain this week because of cold Arctic air before “potentially disruptive” stormy weather lands over the weekend.

The last time temperatures dropped so low was in January 2010, when -22.3C was recorded.

A “cold plunge of Arctic air” has moved south across the whole country over the past few days, making it 5C to 6C lower than usual for this time of year, the Met Office said.

A Met Office spokesperson said the low temperatures were also due to how long the cold snap has lasted. They said: “It’s due to the prolonged nature of this cold spell, it will have been lasting for quite a few days.

“A buildup of snow, as well, just allows for the temperatures to get colder and colder and we don’t often see a cold spell last three to five days. The air is coming directly from the Arctic, so it is exceptionally cold air.

“It’s staying cold until Friday, and then looking further ahead into the weekend we’ve got some deep areas of low pressure pushing in, so a big change in weather type, and we could see some stormy conditions by the end of the week.

“The cold isn’t lasting right to end of the week, but we have a very different type of potentially disruptive weather arriving.”

More than 100 schools were closed in Scotland on Tuesday. Drivers faced difficult conditions across north-west England, including in Merseyside, Cheshire and Cumbria.

Yellow weather warnings for snow and ice are in place across Scotland, much of northern England and parts of north Wales until Thursday, then more mild temperatures are forecast along with wind and rain.

More than 40cm of snow could be seen on high ground in north-west Scotland by the end of Friday and it will continue to build up over the coming days, the Met Office added.

Lower ground in north-west Scotland could see between 5cm and 10cm of snow by the end of the working week.

The government has confirmed thousands of households in England and Wales are eligible for cold weather payments. They are made to vulnerable people, including pensioners, to help them pay for heating when the temperature dips below freezing.

The payments go to those living in an area where the average temperature is recorded as, or forecast to be, 0C or below over seven consecutive days.

Payments will be made to homes across Cumbria, Oxfordshire, Yorkshire, Northumberland, Norfolk, Staffordshire and Powys.

The UK Health Security Agency has issued a cold-health alert, which warns of possible impacts for the health and social care sector, while National Highways has put in place a severe weather alert for snow affecting north-west England, with road users advised to plan ahead and some rural communities warned they could be temporarily cut off.

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