England sees coldest night of winter as temperatures plummet to -11.1C

The UK is bracing for a weekend of snow, ice and heavy rain after England was hit with its coldest night of winter so far.

Overnight temperatures at Redesdale Camp in Northumberland plunged to minus 11.1C (12F) on Friday night.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland also recorded its coldest night, with a temperature of minus 10.2C (14F) in Katesbridge, Co Down.

Yellow warnings have been issued across most of England, Wales and parts of Scotland from Friday evening to Monday as temperatures continue to plummet.

Snow may fall on Saturday over the Pennines, North York Moors, the high ground of Wales and parts of south-west England, which could see 2-5cm, the Met Office said.

The bitterly cold weather may result in dangerous driving conditions and delays to public transport.

People have been told to be careful while travelling and take care while walking on icy surfaces amid fears of injuries.

Meanwhile, residents in north-west Scotland have been warned of flooding on Sunday amid torrential downpours.

The weather will be frosty in the south later today with freezing fog patches following bright and sunny spells on Saturday afternoon.

Ben Aldous, of the RAC, said: ‘Fog, ice and in some places snow are the enemies of drivers.

‘In order to avoid falling foul of the conditions it’s important for motorists to adjust their driving style to suit the conditions.

‘Being gentler on the throttle and brakes, and slowing down particularly on rural or ungritted routes can help ensure a safe and trouble-free journey.’

He also urged drivers to check their tyres have plenty of tread and are properly inflated and that windscreens are ‘completely cleared of ice and snow’.

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