UK: Temperatures to Drop Again

UK is facing Icy conditions that disrupting daily work of its dwellers. Meteorologist Alex Burkill stated that: parts of England could also see sub-zero temperatures reach double digits. “Over Saturday we’ll see some snow showers around the far north, the far west and the far east of the UK. Elsewhere it’s a cold day again and feeling especially cold in the south where it will be breezy, but for most, it will be dry and sunny.

Thousands of people have been trapped, belated and had their journeys disrupted by heavy snow. The forecasters warned more severe weather was on the way over the weekend. Hundreds of motorists were trapped on Friday, while air and rail passengers faced cancellations or difficult journeys and more than 1,000 schools were closed. Some householders experienced power cuts and sporting fans had events cancelled or travel plans wrecked. Temperatures in some places dipped into minus double figures, with Braemar in the Scottish Highlands hitting -15.4C (4.3F), making it the coldest night in the UK for seven years.

There were also cheerful tales of people coming to the help of others. Staff at Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall opened its doors for 140 people trapped on the A30, while at Callywith College a few miles away, workers stayed all night to help care for students who could not get home through the snow. NHS England said their staffs were walking miles in the snow, digging vehicles out of drifts and sleeping in hospitals to ensure patients continued to get the care they needed. UK is not yet out of the deep freeze, although the snow is unlikely to be as heavy. A fresh yellow warning for snow and ice covering the eastern coast of England, the western coast of Wales, most of Northern Ireland and northern Scotland took effect from noon on Friday until the same time on Saturday.

> Alma Siddiqua



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