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It’s warming up… after the coldest night of the winter

Brrrr: A frozen waterfall in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales PICTURE: PA

PARTS of England had a shivery start to the day yesterday after the coldest night of the winter so far.

But forecasters said warmer temperatures were on the way.

A low of minus 11.7C was recorded at Chillingham Barns in Northumberland, while there were also overnight double-digit lows in nearby Redesdale and Leeming in north Yorkshire.

In Scotland, it was even colder with a minus 12.6C recorded in Braemar in the Highlands. The coldest spots in Wales were Bala in Gwynedd and Llysdinam in Powys with minus 7.5C. Forecasters had feared the country was in for the coldest night in nearly a decade, but cloud kept the temperatures slightly higher than expected.

But there is some good news on the horizon. ‘Things are picking up now as we start to see milder air push in from the south-west,’ said The Met Office’s Simon Partridge.

‘In south-west England, we could see plus 10C, while more broadly across England it could be six or seven degrees. We are heading back to normal temperatures for this time of year this week with a normal British winter situation, so it will be wetter and windier.’