السبت , يونيو 6 2020

Temperatures plunge below zero in UK

Car in wintery weatherTemperatures have plunged after snow fell in parts of the UK, including in Aberdeenshire

Temperatures have plunged below freezing in parts of the UK amid warnings that drivers could face treacherous conditions on icy roads.

The lowest recorded temperature was almost -5C in Perthshire overnight with “widespread” frost hitting large areas of the UK, the BBC Weather centre said.

It follows Met Office warnings of ice across the UK and snow in some areas.

Widespread icy patches could form on untreated surfaces, especially where snow has fallen, the Met Office said.

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings – meaning “be aware” – for ice in all areas, and snow in eastern England from Lincolnshire northwards.

A crashed car stands abandoned on a snow covered verge near SheffieldA crashed car stands abandoned on a snow covered verge near Sheffield

An abandoned car and a telephone box stand in snow near Ashbourne, central England An abandoned car and a telephone box in snow near Ashbourne, central England

It follows wintry showers across northern Ireland, Wales and eastern England on Saturday, with the town of Leek in Staffordshire recording the day’s heaviest snowfall of 12cm (4.7in).

The Met Office warned drivers to take extra care on the roads.

BBC Weather’s Philip Avery said some of the lowest recorded temperatures overnight have been in areas where snow had already fallen.

He said temperatures had fallen below freezing in parts of northern Scotland, while much of England, Wales and Northern Ireland was either close to or below zero.

Meanwhile, a cold weather alert for parts of England has been issued, with the Met Office saying there was a 90% chance that severe weather until 12:00 GMT on Wednesday could “increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services”.

The amber – level three – alert is one below a national emergency and indicates social and healthcare services should target “high-risk” groups, such as the very young or old, or those with chronic diseases.

A farm worker near the Balmoral Estate, AberdeenshireA farm worker near the Balmoral Estate, Aberdeenshire

People sledge in a snow covered park in Sheffield, northern EnglandOthers have taken advantage of the snowfall in the Sheffield area

Snow-covered trees near the village of Marsden, northern EnglandIt also created some picturesque scenes, like this one near the village of Marsden in West Yorkshire

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How to drive in snow and ice

A queue of cars on a snowy roadThe AA tweeted a picture of gridlock in Sheffield on Saturday

  • Balance your speed – too fast and you risk losing control, but if you go too slow you risk losing momentum
  • Start gently in second gear, avoiding high revs. Stay in a higher gear for better control
  • Only use the brake if you cannot steer out of trouble
  • Increase the distance at which you follow other vehicles
  • Plan your journey around busier roads, which are more likely to have been gritted
  • On a downhill slope, get your speed low before you start the descent, and do not let it build up
  • In falling snow, use dipped headlights or fog lights, but switch off if conditions improve
  • Read more about how to prepare your car

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