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Coldest night of autumn: Fog, frost and freezing weather as blast sweeps in from the North Pole

In the clouds: A walker in the mist over Keswick in the Lake District PICTURE: PA

BRR-ACE yourself for more freezing weather today after what was forecast to be the coldest night this autumn.

Fog and frost are predicted after winds from the North Pole prompted a warning it would reach minus 9C in rural Scotland and minus 7C in parts of England and Wales last night.

Met Office chief meteorologist Steve Ramsdale said night time temperatures were expected to fall away with more widespread frosts than seen recently. This morning ‘in particular looks to be cold across much of England’, he added.

Temperatures plummeted to minus 8.1C in Tulloch Bridge and Dalwhinnie in Scotland on Sunday night, causing Public Health England (PHE) to issue a cold weather warning for the north-east, north-west and Yorkshire and Humber, lasting until tomorrow.

Letter drop: A frosty mailbox PICTURE: ALAMY

Dr Emer OConnell, a consultant at PHE, said: ‘Older people and those with heart and lung problems are at risk of getting sick in cold weather.

‘Keep an eye out for those who may need help staying warm. Ensure they wear lots of thin layers and have everything they need. Below 18C, changes to the body mean that the risk of strokes, heart attacks and chest infections increase so heating homes to this temperature is particularly important.’

The Met Office said fog will lift only gradually today, giving way to sunny spells later. The temperature is forecast to reach up to 6C in the north and 10C in the south.

The outlook until Friday is for more cloud in the south-west, bringing an increased chance of rain. There is also a risk of showers along the North Sea coast and in the far east of Scotland.

Meanwhile, the Environment Agency said flooding is expected to continue in the Lower River Don washlands area in South Yorkshire until at least today.