Weather in Kent: ‘Arctic shot’ to keep beating Britain with more snow on the way

Britain’s cold weather picture shows no sign of giving up as temperatures dropped to -10C last night (November 28).

It was below freezing in many parts of the country, including Kent.

Two weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office – one across the eastern part of Scotland and another stretching from the north-east of England down to the south coast – from Sunday afternoon until later this morning.

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The warnings say people should expect to see “icy spots” on roads and sidewalks, meaning accidents and landslides and falls are “more likely”. It reports the Mirror.

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On Sunday, motorists in Durham County who ignored the “road closed” signs found themselves stranded in the snow.

Many parts of the country fell below freezing to around minus 4C / minus 5C (24.8F / 23F) overnight, with Shap in Cumbria hitting minus 6.4C (20.5F).

It comes after storm Arwen wreaked havoc in large parts of Britain, causing strong winds, sleet and snow.

Met Office forecast chief Tom Morgan told the PA news agency on Sunday: “When storm Arwen clears out to Europe, a cold north wind current has been left behind in the UK, causing some of the biting cold temperatures we have seen.

“There is ready for further winter weather, with snow expected to fall over areas of Scotland and northern England, and even in parts of southern and central England.

Cool temperatures across the UK earlier today

“Parts of Scotland and the north of England where the snow is lying on the ground will be very cold again, with temperatures definitely dropping below zero and even as low as minus 10C (14F).

“Even if you live in a city, you can expect to scrape frost, ice or even snow off your cars Monday morning.”

Morgan added that although frost will also be visible in Wales and Northern Ireland, temperatures there will not drop as low as England and Scotland.

A cold weather warning was issued by the British Health Safety Agency on Friday, which remained in place until Monday, advising people to try to stay warm and take care of those most exposed to the effects of the cool conditions, such as elderly and all with heart and lung problems.

Morgan said this was due to an “Arctic shot” which has been moving south over Britain.

Snow is expected later in the week

The cold spell comes after three people were killed when trees were blown over by strong winds when storm Arwen hit Friday. Wind gusts of almost 100 km / h also caused transport disruptions, power outages and damage to buildings, while heavy snow led to trucks getting stuck and plows being used in a number of areas.

The Energy Networks Association, the industry body for UK electricity suppliers, said 193,000 homes were still without electricity from 1 p.m. 17 Sunday, but 800,000 had seen supplies restored.

The organization said the damage has been three times greater than it experienced during the “Beast From The East” storm in 2018, and the worst storm to have affected power supplies in 15 years.

A spokesman said: “Our members are working with local resilience partners, the British Red Cross and emergency services to provide extra help and support.

“Welfare centers have also been set up, and dedicated teams are contacting vulnerable customers.”


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