TEMPERATURES were expected to plummet as low as minus 4C last night — leaving us shivering in a big chill 10C colder than Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland.
Plunging temperatures and light winds were forecast to bring freezing fog in parts of the south-west. And temperatures are unlikely to return to double figures before the weekend after record high pressure gave way to widespread fog, causing delays on motorways throughout much of southern England.
Temperatures were near-freezing when Border Force agents intercepted 21 migrants in the early hours of yesterday after they tried to cross the English Channel in calm conditions.
Eleven were found at Dover Docks in Kent and another ten — including a woman and a child — were pulled from a small boat not far from the shore.
It comes after 12 people were discovered suffering from mild hypothermia in a dinghy two miles off the French coast on Monday night and another six were spotted nearby yesterday morning.
‘There has been a doubling of patrols on French beaches, and drones, specialist vehicles and detection equipment have been deployed to stop small boats leaving French shores and arriving in the UK illegally,’ the Home Office stated.
Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said there would be little sign of sunshine before mid-afternoon today, but temperatures in the north and Scotland would be higher than in the south.
Tomorrow will start grey and misty with temperatures of 9C or 10C and rain returning to the north-west of Scotland before toppling its way south through the night and Friday, he added.