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Horses on the Divis Ridge Trail during the icy weather on Monday. Pic: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Horses on the Divis Ridge Trail during the icy weather on Monday. Pic: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Cows on the Divis Ridge Trail during the icy weather on Monday. Pic: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Cows on the Divis Ridge Trail during the icy weather on Monday. Pic: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Walkers enjoying the frosty morning on the path leading through Lady Dixon Park. Pic Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Walkers enjoying the frosty morning on the path leading through Lady Dixon Park. Pic Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Walkers on Divis Mountain, Belfast

Walkers on Divis Mountain, Belfast

White fallow deer on a cold frosty morning at Parkanaur Forest Dungannon in Northern Ireland. Pic Kevin Scott

White fallow deer on a cold frosty morning at Parkanaur Forest Dungannon in Northern Ireland. Pic Kevin Scott

Kevin Scott

The sunrise on a cold frosty morning at Parkanaur Forest Dungannon in Northern Ireland. Pic Kevin Scott

The sunrise on a cold frosty morning at Parkanaur Forest Dungannon in Northern Ireland. Pic Kevin Scott

Kevin Scott

White fallow deer on a cold frosty morning at Parkanaur Forest Dungannon in Northern Ireland. Pic Kevin Scott

White fallow deer on a cold frosty morning at Parkanaur Forest Dungannon in Northern Ireland. Pic Kevin Scott

Kevin Scott

In England, a jay skips through the snow in Kielder Forest

In England, a jay skips through the snow in Kielder Forest

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A donkey on Divis Mountain, Belfast

A donkey on Divis Mountain, Belfast

Drivers  as Snow Fall on the Divis Road on the Outskirts of Belfast , With Snow falling across parts of Northern Ireland 
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker 8/12/2014

Drivers as Snow Fall on the Divis Road on the Outskirts of Belfast , With Snow falling across parts of Northern Ireland Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker 8/12/2014

New year pursuit: get out and run

New year pursuit: get out and run

Walking the dog as Snow Fall on the Divis Road on the Outskirts of Belfast , With Snow falling across parts of Northern Ireland 
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker 8/12/2014

Walking the dog as Snow Fall on the Divis Road on the Outskirts of Belfast , With Snow falling across parts of Northern Ireland Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker 8/12/2014

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Bin Men   as Snow Fall on the Divis Road on the Outskirts of Belfast , With Snow falling across parts of Northern Ireland 
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 8/12/2014 Bin Men as Snow Fall on the Divis Road on the Outskirts of Belfast , With Snow falling across parts of Northern Ireland Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Snow Fall on the Divis Road on the Outskirts of Belfast , With Snow falling across parts of Northern Ireland 
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker  8/12/2014

Snow Fall on the Divis Road on the Outskirts of Belfast , With Snow falling across parts of Northern Ireland Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker 8/12/2014

Runners as Snow Fall on the Divis Road on the Outskirts of Belfast , With Snow falling across parts of Northern Ireland 
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker 8/12/2014

Runners as Snow Fall on the Divis Road on the Outskirts of Belfast , With Snow falling across parts of Northern Ireland Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker 8/12/2014

A walker  as Snow Fall on the Divis Road on the Outskirts of Belfast , With Snow falling across parts of Northern Ireland 
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker 8/12/2014

A walker as Snow Fall on the Divis Road on the Outskirts of Belfast , With Snow falling across parts of Northern Ireland Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker 8/12/2014

A young sheep finds a bit of shelter in among the rushes. Livestock in the Tildarg road area of Kells as the snow starts to lie.
Pic. Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye.  December 8 2014

A young sheep finds a bit of shelter in among the rushes. Livestock in the Tildarg road area of Kells as the snow starts to lie. Pic. Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye. December 8 2014

Livestock in the Tildarg road area of Kells as the snow starts to lie.
Pic. Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye December 8, 2014

Livestock in the Tildarg road area of Kells as the snow starts to lie. Pic. Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye December 8, 2014

Livestock in the Tildarg road area of Kells as the snow starts to lie.
Pic. Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye. December 8, 2014

Livestock in the Tildarg road area of Kells as the snow starts to lie. Pic. Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye. December 8, 2014

Livestock in the Tildarg road area of Kells as the snow starts to lie.
Pic. Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye. December 8 2014

Livestock in the Tildarg road area of Kells as the snow starts to lie. Pic. Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye. December 8 2014

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Horses on the Divis Ridge Trail during the icy weather on Monday. Pic: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Temperatures in Co Down fell to the lowest of the year right across the UK overnight, as those going back to work after the Christmas break woke up to a freezing start.

The mercury plunged to -8.8 in Katesbridge, Co Down, and while it may not have been as low as the -10C (14F) predicted it is unlikely to have felt much different as 2014 comes to a chilly end.

And there's more chilly weather on the way - but things are set to heat up this week before temperatures plunge once again, according to Meteogroup forecaster John Griffiths.

"It's going to be slightly warmer tomorrow - that's because the winds will pick up and there will be an increase in cloud," he said.

"Tuesday will be cold, but it will be warmer than before, with highs of 9C and a low of 2C

"But it will snap colder again from Saturday as the cloud eases away again with temperatures dropping."

A weather warning for ice is in place for the east Midlands as a combination of freezing temperatures and offshore rain showers risk slippy surfaces.

Rain showers yesterday meant much of the existing snow disappeared, with widespread frost and ice replacing it.

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The figures for overnight temperatures are preliminary, with Met Office forecaster Charles Powell saying it could have been even colder in some parts ahead of official figures being released later.

The warmest area was the Isle of Wight, with a recorded temperature of 1C (33F).

Another chilly night is ahead, Mr Powell said, but the end of the year is shaping up to be a little milder - if wet and windy.

"Tonight will be cold, with the lowest temperatures expected in England and Wales," he said. "But we should have some milder weather later this week and some rain and wind just in time for New Year."

The best place to be weather-wise at the clock strikes midnight is the south-east, he said, which is expected to stay relatively dry.

Freezing weather brought treacherous conditions to roads at the weekend, with many motorists in Sheffield forced to abandon their cars after becoming snowed in.

More than 100,000 homes were left with power shortages as heavy snow wreaked havoc on electricity cables.

And Sheffield was still suffering the effects of the snowfall nearly 48 hours later yesterday when the Blades' League One match with Scunthorpe United was postponed yesterday afternoon for health and safety reasons.

Some lower league matches were also hit by the weather.

 

Belfast Telegraph


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