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Temperatures barely above freezing as ice and snow warnings continue

Joggers brave the frost in Cock Marsh, near Cookham, Berkshire on November 25 (Picture: PA)
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By admin , in UK , at November 26, 2017

Ice and snow warnings continue for freezing UK
Joggers brave the frost in Cock Marsh, near Cookham, Berkshire on November 25 (Picture: PA)

Much of the UK woke to an icy morning as temperatures barely managed to get above freezing.

Snow hit parts of Britain on Saturday with the Met Office issuing a yellow ‘be aware’ weather warning for the length of the country from Cornwall to Scotland.

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The warning, of ice, sleet and snowfall remains in place until 10am today.

‘As temperatures fall, icy patches are likely to form in places, especially on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths, leading to slippery surfaces and tricky driving conditions,’ the Met Office warning stated.

The chilly weather is expected to continue throughout the day, with temperatures struggling to top 7C and feeling even colder in the wind.

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Met Officer forecaster Luke Miall said: ‘We’re going to continue seeing showers feeding in, alongside a brisk north-westerly wind.

‘It will be drier the further south and east you are.

‘The temperatures are a bit below normal for this time of year, so it will be a case of wrapping up warm.’

Rail passengers could face a second day of delays and cancellations due to the weather with snow showers forecast in some areas.

On Saturday Network Rail was forced to cancel a number of services due to ice on conductor rails.

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Wintry weather in Ribblehead in the Yorkshire Dales National Park on November 25 (Picture: PA)
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A snow-covered landscape viewed from the Buttertubs Pass in the Yorkshire Dales National Park (Picture: PA)

Temperatures fell well below zero in parts of the country overnight, with Topcliffe in Yorkshire experiencing -5.2C and Benson, Oxfordshire, having an overnight low of -4.9C.

Yesterday, many took to Twitter to complain about the train disruption.

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Jezz Deval‏ said: ‘@SouthernRailUK Ice on the tracks! Are you having a laugh! It’s England not the Antarctic! Sort it out!’

Public Health England has warned those most at risk in cold weather to take precautions.

Dr Thomas Waite, of the body’s Extreme Events team, said: ‘We’re well used to winter in this country so most people know what to do to protect their health before and during cold spells.

‘But there are people who may not take precautions and who are at a very real risk.

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A snowy scene near Tam Hill in the Yorkshire Dales National Park on November 25 (Picture: PA)

‘We know that every winter thousands of people fall ill and many die because of exposure to cold both in the home and while outdoors.

‘Those most at risk include older people, very young children and those with conditions like heart and lung disease.’

Figures earlier this week showed there were more than 34,000 ‘excess deaths’ across England and Wales over the last winter period, the second highest level in eight years.

A milder day is expected on Monday, before a prolonged period of low temperatures across the country throughout the coming week and the one after it, with further widespread frosts.

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