Throughout the South, East and North East of the UK, a yellow snow and ice warning remains in place for today amid the drop in temperature
The UK has recorded what is thought by some to be the lowest temperature recorded in the UK in more than 25 years, after readings show temperatures plummeting to nearly -23C in the Highland of Scotland.
The Met Office has recorded the low reading of -22.9C in Braemar in the Scottish Highlands overnight, with forecasters believing that it is the coldest night in the UK since 1995.
This comes after up to 15cm of snow was expected in parts of England on Tuesday due to Storm Darcy, potentially reaching 25cm in parts of Scotland. People within parts of the UK are now being warned not to travel as Storm Darcy has shown no sign of relenting.
Previously, the Met Office had recorded low readings of -20.5C at Kinbrace and -21.4C overnight in Braemar in the Scottish highlands, those were the lowest temperatures recorded in the UK since the 23rd of December in 2010, when the temperatures dropped to -22.3C.
These record-breaking temperatures come after a freezing night for most of the UK, with some temperatures seeming reluctant to rise in the aftermath of the freezing Storm Darcy.
However, following what the Met Office has called an “extreme freeze”, large parts of the United Kingdom will be facing scattered snow showers with some sunshine, and the weather could become “quite pleasant outside with the sunshine, although still bitterly cold” in western areas of the country.
Across parts of the South, East and North East of the UK, a yellow snow and ice weather warning has remained in place for Thursday, meaning that disruption on the roads and railways in these regions is likely, and that some people could become injured on the icy patches.
There are also yellow warnings set in place for Friday across parts of the South West, as well as the south of Wales and the North East of England.
This comes after the cold weather is set to be carrying into this week with winds, which made Sunday feel sub-zero in some places, to continue into Monday. The Met Office says that it has been “bitterly cold” as a result of the strong easterly winds coming from Ukraine and the Black Sea.
As well as these freezing temperatures, there are now nine flood warnings in place throughout England, as well as 88 flood alerts, which suggests that widespread flooding across parts of the nation could be possible.
Local councils across England have warned residents to take “extra care” over the coming days while the cold snap continues.
Things do not look to be improving by Friday either, with the Met Office warning conditions will turn “quite hazardous”, as an “area of cloud and rain”, along with extremely cold air, brings further risks of snow or “perhaps even of freezing rain”.