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Temperatures plunge on coldest night of winter so far

Published 19/01/2016

Nelson's Column is reflected in a thin layer of ice covering the fountains in Trafalgar Square, London
Nelson's Column is reflected in a thin layer of ice covering the fountains in Trafalgar Square, London
Traffic on roads in Stirling as freezing temperatures continue to grip the UK
Swathes of the country have been warned of icy conditions
Ice covers the fountains in Trafalgar Square
The sunrise over Holme Pierrepont, Nottinghamshire , as swathes of the country have been warned of icy conditions
Fresh snow surrounds a lone farmhouse in Teesdale, County Durham
The sun sets over the river Thames near Laleham, Surrey
Horses in a field near Larbert, Central Scotland, on a snow-covered field
A snowman's head above a "welcome to Middleton-in-Teesdale" sign in County Durham
A waterfall surrounded by icicles at Gibsons cave in Bowlees Visitor Centre, County Durham
The graveyard of the Church of the Holy Rude in Stirling, the church where James VI was crowned in 1567, is covered in snow
Fresh snow covers Teesdale in County Durham

The coldest night of the winter hit the UK on Monday after temperatures plunged in Scotland.

The Met Office recorded minus 12C (10.4F) at Kinbrace in Sutherland - the coldest measurement of the winter so far.

In England, the temperature hit minus 8.2C (17.2F) in Benson, Oxfordshire, and even as far south as Odiham, Hampshire, minus 6.5C (20.3F) was recorded.

Swathes of the country have been warned about icy roads with motorists advised that driving conditions may be difficult.

Yellow weather warnings of ice stretching from the northern half of Scotland down to northern England were issued, as outbreaks of sleet and snow overnight threatened to create slick conditions in sub-zero temperatures.

A second yellow warning was issued for much of Wales and parts of the South West, as falling temperatures were expected to touch freezing and create icy patches.

Sleet and light snow on high ground in Scotland are likely, along with a few wintry showers expected for northern par ts.

Skies are expected to clear on Tuesday evening from the south where gardeners were warned of a hard frost, while freezing fog could affect travel.

More weather warnings are expected to be put in place on Tuesday night in preparation for more ice and fog on Wednesday morning.

Towards the end of the week, temperatures are expected to warm up slightly as less cold air edges in, bringing rain with it.

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