Last night’s temperatures: A night of contrast

Freezing temperatures combined with rain in the north to bring treacherous ice conditions across parts of southern Scotland, northern England and north east Wales last night and this morning as temperatures fell well below freezing across Wales, England and southern Scotland.

However, there was a marked contrast further to the north and west. Milder Atlantic air across northern Scotland and Northern Ireland to the north and west of the rainband straddling the UK resulted in a relatively mild night for mid February.

The coldest place in the UK was Linton on Ouse in North Yorkshire, recording a low of -9.6 °C, whilst at the other end of the scale, Aultbea in Ross and Cromarty, saw temperatures fall no lower than 7.6 °C.

The two tables below show the coldest and mildest spots in the UK last night.

 Coldest places in the UK overnight 8 – 9 February 2012

LINTON ON OUSE                         -9.6 NORTH YORKSHIRE     
TOPCLIFFE                              -8.6 NORTH YORKSHIRE     
BALA                                   -7.3 GWYNEDD             
SENNYBRIDGE                    -6.9 POWYS               
WOODFORD                               -6.7 CHESHIRE            
RAVENSWORTH                            -6.7 NORTH YORKSHIRE     
CHURCH FENTON                          -6.7 NORTH YORKSHIRE     
DISHFORTH AIRFIELD                     -6.7 NORTH YORKSHIRE     
OKEHAMPTON     -6.5 DEVON               
LEEMING                                -6.4 NORTH YORKSHIRE     
TREDEGAR       -6.2 GWENT               
BINGLEY                     -6.1 WEST YORKSHIRE      
GOGERDDAN                              -6.1 DYFED               
EMLEY MOOR                  -6.0 WEST YORKSHIRE      
PRESTON MONTFORD                       -6.0 SHROPSHIRE          
BRADFORD                               -5.8 WEST YORKSHIRE      
ROCHDALE                               -5.7 GREATER MANCHESTER  
ALBEMARLE                              -5.5 NORTHUMBERLAND      
REDESDALE CAMP                         -5.4 NORTHUMBERLAND      
PENNERLEY                              -5.4 SHROPSHIRE          
LLYSDINAM                              -5.3 POWYS               
BRAMHAM                                -5.3 WEST YORKSHIRE      
BAINBRIDGE                             -5.1 NORTH YORKSHIRE     
CAPEL CURIG                -5.0 GWYNEDD             

Mildest places in the UK overnight  8 – 9 February 2012

AULTBEA                     7.6 ROSS & CROMARTY     
SOUTH UIST RANGE                       6.8 WESTERN ISLES       
STORNOWAY AIRPORT                      6.7 WESTERN ISLES       
KINLOCHEWE                             6.6 ROSS & CROMARTY     
TIREE                                  6.3 ARGYLL              
ALTNAHARRA                    6 SUTHERLAND          
BALLYKELLY                             5.8 LONDONDERRY         
SKYE: LUSA                             5.6 WESTERN ISLES       
ACHNAGART                              5.5 ROSS & CROMARTY     
ISLAY: PORT ELLEN                      5.5 ARGYLL              
MAGILLIGAN                   5.5 LONDONDERRY         
BALTASOUND                   5.3 SHETLAND            
FAIR ISLE                              5.3 SHETLAND            
MURLOUGH                               5.3 DOWN                
RESALLACH                              5.2 SUTHERLAND          
MACHRIHANISH                           5.2 ARGYLL              
CASTLEDERG                             5.2 TYRONE              
KILLOWEN                               5.1 DOWN                
BALLYWATTICOCK                         5 DOWN                
ST ANGELO                              4.8 FERMANAGH           
KIRKWALL                               4.8 ORKNEY              
LOCH GLASCARNOCH                       4.7 ROSS & CROMARTY     
WICK AIRPORT                           4.7 CAITHNESS           
HELENS BAY                             4.6 DOWN                
STORMONT CASTLE                        4.6 DOWN                

The battle between the milder Atlantic air and the very cold air in the southeast continues across the UK, bringing the risk of snow across parts of the country later today and into Friday. Whilst there is uncertainty about where the heaviest and most persistent snow will fall, accumulations of up to 10cm are possible in the worst affected regions. As a result Met Office warnings have been issued and there could be some disruption to travel.

The Met Office is working closely with government departments, contingency planners and transport agencies to make sure they have the best advice available to help them prepare for possible weather impacts.

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