Night temperatures may drop to minus 10 degree Celsius in some parts of the country
The United Kingdom was preparing to go through a wave of “Arctic” frost overnight on Sunday, a day after a powerful storm that killed three people in Scotland and left thousands out of power.
Forecasters from Britain’s meteorological agency, the Met Office, have warned that night temperatures could drop to minus 10 degrees Celsius in some parts of the country as the ‘Arctic eruption’ moves south from ‘Scotland’.
Even London could see the mercury dip below zero, warned analysts, who issued a “cold” alert for the entire weekend, urging the public to take precautions against frost.
But the country is still struggling to make a full recovery from Hurricane Arwen, which on Friday and Saturday at speeds of nearly 160 km/h killed three people, each killed by falling trees, and several others. Trains and trucks came to a standstill.
45,000 people without electricity
Arwen has since faltered in the UK, and headed for mainland Europe. But due to the heavy snowfall that followed, the football match between two Premier League clubs Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur was canceled on Sunday.
In Scotland, about 45,000 people are still without electricity, said the Scottish Southern and Electricity Network (SSEN) company, which recorded more than 100,000 cuts during the night from Friday to Saturday.
According to Mark Ruff, Director of Operations, SSEN, the damage caused by strong winds at Arwen is three times more than the impressive cold snap that hit the country in February 2018.
“Our teams are responding to some of the most severe and difficult situations these regions have known for decades,” he said, warning that many customers will not see their electricity restored “for several days.”
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