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UK weather: Another record low February temperature in England as more snow and ice warnings issued

Written by on 12 February 2021

A record low temperature for February has been recorded in England for a second consecutive night as parts of North Yorkshire dipped below -15C (5F).

Temperatures in Ravensworth dropped to -15.3C (4F) overnight on Thursday, having previously recorded an all-time low of -13.1C (8F) on Wednesday night.

It comes amid Met Office warnings of more freezing temperatures, snow and ice this weekend.

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Yellow weather warnings for snow and ice are in place until midday on Friday for north-east England, central and north-east Scotland, and parts of south-west England.

Warnings have also been issued for Scotland and Northern Ireland for Saturday, but the Met Office said that more may be needed for Sunday due to a risk of freezing rain and ice.

Marco Petagna, meteorologist at the Met Office, said conditions in some parts would be milder going into the weekend, with areas such as Cornwall seeing up to 5C (41F).

Temperatures are expected to rise back up into double figures across some areas of the country by next week.

On Wednesday night, the coldest UK temperature of -23C (-9.4F) for more than 25 years was recorded at Braemar in the Scottish Highlands.

Forecasters believe it was the coldest night since temperatures dipped to -27.2C on 30 December 1995 and the coldest February night since 1955.

Sky weather presenter Nazaneen Ghaffar said: “Tomorrow the rain, snow and possibly freezing rain will spread eastwards to western parts of Britain.

“It will be very windy across the west too, but temperatures will be higher there than recently.

“Meanwhile, the east will be drier and brighter but colder, apart from some snow showers continuing over north-east Scotland.

“Sunday will see further rain and hill snow spread eastwards, with snow for a time to low levels of central and northern areas of the UK.

“There may be freezing rain for central and eastern areas too. The rain will be locally heavy in the south and west.”