North Yorkshire records UK’s lowest temperature as cold snap continues

31 Dec 2020 @ 7.03 pm
| Weather

The final day of 2020 brought bitterly cold conditions for much of the UK – with a low of minus 7.5ºC (18.5ºF) recorded in Topcliffe, near Thirsk.

Met Office yellow warnings for snow and ice in northern England remained in place until 2pm today.

Met Office forecaster Clare Nasir said: “Many of us will see some brighter weather, with still a keen breeze keeping things very cold indeed, and again the risk of ice as we head into New Year’s Day, with again a wintry mix coming and going, and a fairly widespread frost.”

York is forecast to get a mix of sunshine and showers on New Year’s day, with a high of 5ºC and a low of -1ºC.

Elsewhere in North Yorkshire there is a chance of sleet, and similar temperatures.

RAC Breakdown spokesman Simon Williams said: “We strongly urge drivers to exercise caution on New Year’s Day with a high risk of both snow and ice on the roads.

“The message for those who have to drive is to adjust their speed according to the conditions and leave extra stopping distance so 2021 doesn’t begin with an unwelcome bump and an insurance claim.

“Snow and ice are by far the toughest driving conditions, so if they can be avoided that’s probably the best policy.”