A VILLAGE in the Highlands has recorded the lowest temperature in the UK in 2023, the Met Office has confirmed.

Altnaharra in Sutherland experienced a freezing -16 Celsius on March 9 2023, the forecaster said.

The village has previously topped the list of the coldest place in the UK.

In December 1995, it matched the lowest ever recorded temperature in the UK of -27.2C, which had previously hit Braemar in Aberdeenshire in January 1982.

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The Met Office took to Twitter/X to share the information, where it initially asked people to guess what they thought the lowest temperature was in 2023.

It said: “The results are in! The answer is… -16.0C. Congratulations to whoever guessed Altnaharra in Sutherland, Scotland. It was recorded on March 9 2023.”

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The news comes as Scotland faces temperatures as low as -7C with freezing weather bringing frost, fog and icy conditions.

Met Office chief forecaster Jason Kelly said: “The transition to lower temperatures will be noticeable over the weekend.

“It will become rather cold next week with lower-than-average temperatures across much of the UK, accentuated by brisk easterly winds in the south.

“As the prevailing weather conditions will be characterised by high pressure, a good deal of settled weather is likely.

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“Clearer skies and a marked reduction in precipitation are expected, although any showers that do occur are likely to be wintry in nature.

“A combination of overnight freezing temperatures, saturated ground and calm winds mean increasing risks of frost, fog and icy conditions.”