Britain braced for arctic blast as temperatures to plunge to -10C TONIGHT

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BRITS will be hit with a -10C ice blast overnight, as weather experts warn of dangerous patches of ice developing in the North.

After a week where Storm Eleanor battered the country, the wintery weather isn’t over yet with freezing conditions forecast.

 Arctic winds whip up the North Sea to create these huge waves

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Arctic winds whip up the North Sea to create these huge waves

Snow across Britain will be making way for perilous ice forming in the North East of England and Scotland.

The Met Office said temperatures are set to fall tonight due to “cold air and clear skies.”

Across parts of Scotland, temperatures may fall as low a -10C, while in the rest of England

The Public Health authority for the North East of England tweeted yesterday warning people to wear thin layers of clothes and shoe soles with good grip before heading out.

 A man risks getting swept away on the Brighton seafront

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A man risks getting swept away on the Brighton seafront
 Although the windy weather has been subsiding, wind has still been hitting the North East coast

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Although the windy weather has been subsiding, wind has still been hitting the North East coast
 A lorry is forced to go through the floods in Cambridgeshire

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A lorry is forced to go through the floods in Cambridgeshire
 Walkers take a stroll in the snowy Brecon Beacons

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Walkers take a stroll in the snowy Brecon Beacons
 A lorry is forced to go through the floods in Cambridgeshire

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A lorry is forced to go through the floods in Cambridgeshire
 Members of Brighton Swimming Club brave the cold temperatures

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Members of Brighton Swimming Club brave the cold temperatures

And NHS England have urged people to take extra care of their health as the weather continues.

A spokesperson said: “Freezing conditions are forecast in some areas and evidence shows that the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other serious breathing problems increases as temperatures plummet.

The warning comes as the NHS faces mounting pressure this winter forcing hospitals to cancel thousands of operations, sparking fears the health service is in a ‘winter crisis.’

Storm Eleanor caused chaos across the country this week, with gusts as high as 77mph were recorded in High Bradfield, Yorkshire and winds of 69mph on the Isle of Wight.

 Snow in Holwick, County Durham this morning

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Snow in Holwick, County Durham this morning
 The wind and rain from Storm Eleanor meant the River Thames burst its banks

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The wind and rain from Storm Eleanor meant the River Thames burst its banks
 Cars sat in floodwater yesterday after the River Thames burst its ban ks at high tide in west London yesterday

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Cars sat in floodwater yesterday after the River Thames burst its ban ks at high tide in west London yesterday
 The sun rises behind a snowy Peebles on the Scottish Borders

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The sun rises behind a snowy Peebles on the Scottish Borders
 As temperatures plummet, ice means footpaths and rural areas like this will become perilous

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As temperatures plummet, ice means footpaths and rural areas like this will become perilous
 Temperature on the coast at sunrise in Cornwall was a chilly 3.5 degrees

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Temperature on the coast at sunrise in Cornwall was a chilly 3.5 degrees
 The snow that covered parts of Northumberland yesterday is set to be replaced with ice

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The snow that covered parts of Northumberland yesterday is set to be replaced with ice
 Huge waves hit the town of Selsey, West Sussex, on Thursday

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Huge waves hit the town of Selsey, West Sussex, on Thursday

Thousands of homes were left without power and buildings badly destroyed in the severe winds.

In Epsom, Surrey, a four-year-old boy and his mother were injured by bricks falling from a building – wind and poor light meant it was not possible to secure the roof and brickwork of the damaged building after the incident as it was unsafe to install the scaffolding needed.

Flooding has also caused the River Thames in London to burst its banks, leaving cars stranded and roads deep in water.

In Cambridge, a flood warning was announced for the River Cam, after rainfall from Storm Eleanor meant the water levels were rising.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: “All the warnings have now expired for wind, which is good news.

“There will be a breeze around, particularly across the south of the country, and thereafter it gradually turns a lot more settled into the weekend.

 


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