The final -1C snap brings freezing rain and snow on the FINAL DAY of frigid hell… before the 15C spike shock thaw

Britain will have to endure another day of bitterly cold weather before temperatures soar to as high as 14C.

Freezing rain and snow will hit some areas today ahead of tomorrow’s much-needed warm spell.

Skaters on Whittlesey Wash in Cambridgeshire

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Skaters on Whittlesey Wash in CambridgeshireCredit: Paul Marriott
Frosty trains stand in Peterborough

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Frosty trains stand in PeterboroughCredit: Paul Marriott
Amber and Amber Weather Warnings are in effect

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Amber and Amber Weather Warnings are in effectPhoto credit: MET OFFICE

Five separate weather warnings are in effect on Sunday amid wintry conditions.

These include four amber warnings for rain, ice and snow across England, Wales and Scotland, and one amber warning for ice over the Midlands and Northern England.

Up to 15cm of the white stuff could fall in places, and freezing rain – drops that freeze on hitting the ground – is also likely.

Forecasters say ice build-up on untreated surfaces could cause treacherous travel conditions and road closures.

But within 24 hours, temperatures are expected to rise by 15C and the cold snap will be replaced by warmer weather as milder air flows in from the Atlantic.

Daily high temperatures across the UK on Monday will range between 11C and 14C – in stark contrast to last week’s chilly temperatures.

On Tuesday, mercury plummeted to -17.3C in Braemar, Scotland – the coldest temperature since February 11, 2021.

More recent nights have seen lows of -10C to -15C in other areas.

Met Office meteorologist Marco Petagna said both daytime and nighttime temperatures are expected to rise over the next week.

“Right now, daytime temperatures are in the low single digits and remain below freezing in places under the snowpack, leaving some areas just a little bit below zero,” he said.

“But daytime temperatures through Monday we’re seeing across the UK range from 11C to 14C, so around 15C, certainly higher than they were.”

Mr Petagna said cold winds have been blowing in from the north for the last week or 10 days, but this week there will be gusts from the west or south-west.

“So it’s bringing in milder air from the Atlantic rather than coming in from the Arctic,” he said.

Mr Petagna said it was not unusual to see temperatures in the low teens at this time of year but said the contrast of going from very cold to very mild in a day or two was quite unusual.

“VERY DISTURBING”

Alongside the Met Office’s amber and amber warnings, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) issued a level three cold weather alert for the whole of England until midnight on Sunday.

It warns that the cold conditions could “increase health risks for vulnerable patients and disrupt service delivery”.

Multiple collisions involving multiple cars resulted in a nine-mile stretch of a main road in Cornwall being closed in both directions yesterday.

The A38 at Bickington, Devon was closed after a four vehicle collision and the A380 at Kingsteignton, Devon was also closed after a three vehicle impact.

Devon and Cornwall Police said they had registered 20 accidents caused by the treacherous driving conditions.

Water UK’s Peter Jenkins also warned that the “very disruptive” freeze could cause pipes to burst.

He said: “The last thing we want is for people to experience further disruption this weekend as temperatures rise, putting many homes at risk of bursting pipes due to freezes and thaws.

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“So we urge everyone to check now that their plumbing is well insulated and follow our simple tips to protect the home from the elements.”

Despite the chilly conditions, swimmers braved the cold waters of Cullercoats Bay, North Tyneside yesterday.

A cold water swimmer braved the frost at Cullercoats Bay, Tyneside yesterday

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A cold water swimmer braved the frost at Cullercoats Bay, Tyneside yesterdayCredit: PA
Teesdale, Co. Durham was still in the grip of ice and snow yesterday

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Teesdale, Co. Durham was still in the grip of ice and snow yesterdayCredit: Alamy
Traffic struggled on icy roads in wintry Middleton Tyas, North Yorks

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Traffic struggled on icy roads in wintry Middleton Tyas, North YorksCredit: Marc Giddings
Skaters enjoyed the frost in Welney, Norfolk

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Skaters enjoyed the frost in Welney, NorfolkPhoto credit: Geoff Robinson
The cold didn't deter those looking to take a dip in North Tyneside

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The cold didn’t deter those looking to take a dip in North TynesideCredit: PA

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