Coldest Valentine’s Day in the UK in four years

Roads near Chollerford in Northumberland (Source:

Valentine’s Day brought the coldest temperatures in four years to the UK with snow and ice in many parts of the country. The temperatures dropped to a record of minus 14.1C yesterday in Braemar, Aberdeenshire. The UK’s lowest temperature, minus 15.6C, was recorded in 2012 in Holbeach, Lincolnshire, said the Met Office.

According to the forecasts it could get even colder over the coming days. Severe weather warnings for Scotland were in place yesterday. There are also some warnings for today across the east of Britain. Met Office forecaster Tom Crocker said:

“Warnings have been issued for snow and ice. It is mainly concerning much of the eastern half of the country, from Scotland to East Anglia, which will see wintry showers. There is a risk of two to five centimetres of snow in some local places, with five to 10 centimetres over some hills in the north. Quite widely, temperatures will be close to freezing or a degree or so below, bringing the risk of ice.”

February 2016 has not only been unusually cold but also been the wettest February on record with several flooding especially in the North England, Scotland and Wales.