SCOTLAND continues to be beset by freezing temperatures after the Met Office provisionally recorded the coldest night and day of the year on Monday.

Braemar, in Aberdeenshire, was the coldest place in the UK, recording a low of minus 15.7C and a high of minus 9.3C, the lowest minimum temperature since February 2021 and the lowest maximum in 12 years.  

The five next coldest temperatures were all recorded in Scotland, including minus 13.1C at Balmoral.

The Met Office has issued a yellow snow and ice warning covering northern Scotland and north-east England from midnight on Tuesday until noon on Thursday.

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Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said there will be heavy snow in some places again on Tuesday.

Specifically, he said the “whole sort of northern portion of Scotland, as well as the Highlands and islands” would see snow.

He added there could be “as much as 15 to 20 centimetres of snow accumulating over high ground”.

Claydon said northern Scotland could record even colder temperatures on Tuesday after breaking the record for the coldest night of the year on Monday.

“In terms of temperature, we could see another very cold night, especially in parts of Scotland where we’ve got that lying snow,” he said.

“We saw minus 15C last night. We could see similar or potentially even colder tonight under clear skies with that snowfall lying in some places.

“So a very cold night there but also broadly very cold across the whole of the UK, with widespread freezing conditions.”

Commuters faced travel chaos on Monday morning as large parts of the UK were hit by ice, fog and snow.

Rod Dennis from the RAC said their teams were “exceptionally busy” on Monday, helping more than 7500 motorists with breakdowns. He added that this was 50% more than what they would see on a typical Monday in December.

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Meanwhile, three boys aged eight, 10 and 11 died after falling into an icy lake in Solihull on Sunday afternoon.

A fourth boy, aged six, remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Richard Stanton, area commander for West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We know that the weather forecast for the next few days is expected to be bitterly cold. Please, adults and children alike, stay away from open water. Under no circumstances venture on to ice regardless how thick or safe you think this ice may be.”