How cold will it be tonight? Weather maps turn purple as freezing temperatures sweep UK

BBC Weather: UK warned of freezing conditions

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As we reach the end of the week, below zero temperatures are forecast to set in this evening for large parts of the UK. Following on from the mild spell which greeted the British Isles earlier in January, many residents have woken up to the more accustomed mid-winter sight of frost during the latest seven-day period. So, how cold is it going to get this evening? What can we expect for Friday morning?

How cold will it get tonight?

According to WXCharts eastern regions of the UK, are predicted to experience freezing temperatures throughout Thursday, ranging between -5C and -8C in places.

In England, this impacts southerly areas, such as Dover, stretching all the way along the country’s eastern shoreline to Newcastle upon Tyne in the northeast.

Aberdeen and Edinburgh are among the Scottish cities that also experienced sub-zero conditions.

As we head into this evening, temperatures in these areas are forecast to get slightly warmer, however, they will remain below freezing for most.

By the time we reach 3am Friday morning, the majority of the affected parts in Scotland will see temperatures climb above zero.

In fact, conditions will remain like this throughout the duration of Friday.

In comparison, eastern and southeast parts of England will continue to witness below zero temperatures until 6pm tomorrow.

Other parts of the UK?

Elsewhere, central and western parts of England and Wales will enjoy warmer spells – between 5C and -5C – compared with eastern regions.

Temperatures will be warmest in Northern Ireland, with most estimates placed between 5C and 10C.

Friday’s arrival will see these spells remain in place for most areas before we head into the weekend.

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What about the weather?

For tonight the Met Office has predicted: “Showers across East Anglia dying out.

“Clear skies allowing frost to develop across most parts, especially in the south where it will be sharp in rural areas.

“Turning cloudier in the northwest with some drizzle across northern and western Scotland.”

The forecaster added that on Friday cloud cover will gradually move “southeastwards through the day” although it will remain “mostly sunny in southern and eastern England”.

Top tips for staying warm

The British Heart Foundation has recommended the following tips to help you stay warm this winter:

Dress in layers and wear a hat, gloves and scarf. Clothes made from wool, cotton or fleecy fabrics are warmest. When you’re indoors, wear warm socks and slippers to keep your feet cosy.

Close doors and use a keyhole cover to block draughts. Buy thermal linings for curtains to keep the heat in.

Keep your main living room at 18C to 21C (64 to 70F) and the rest of your house at 16C (61F) at least. If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and the bedroom just before you go to sleep.

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