Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Keep off the Ice' Warning as Temperatures Plunge to -12C

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Keep off the Ice' Warning as Temperatures Plunge to -12C

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Byline: ROBERT MENDICK, , ANNA DAVIES

1. On thin ice: a teenager attempts to retrieve a football from a frozen fountain in Trafalgar Square as temperatures in the South-East plunged to -12C with Arctic air sweeping in from Scandinavia and the North Sea 2. Risk: a couple take their toddler for a walk on the frozen rowing lake in Epping Forest. You can never tell how strong the ice is and by the time you do know it is usually too late, warned Carl Christopher of the Royal Society for the Pprevention of Accidents

TEMPERATURES plunged to -12C across the South-East on the coldest night of Britain's big freeze.

The icy conditions which are worst in London and the South are set to continue until Sunday, weather forecasters said today.

It prompted a warning for the public to stay off frozen lakes and followed at least one episode of parents taking a child for a walk on the ice at a pond in east London.

The lowest temperatures last night were in Chesham in Buckinghamshire and Benson in Oxfordshire, both close to -12C. Large parts of the South saw temperatures fall to -9C and -10C.

Forecasters said today's daytime temperature should edge up a little to about 3C but that the South will remain colder than the North.

Nikki Berry, a forecaster for Meteo- Group UK, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "There is quite a bit more cloud around which will help raise temperatures. The northern half of the UK is looking much warmer, 1C to 3C minimum. In the South we will still be looking at -1C to -4C overnight, which is not as cold as it has been." The freezing conditions, caused by Arctic air sweeping across Scandinavia and over the North Sea, have led to record breakdowns on the roads.

The Met Office has issued warnings of icy roads in Kent as well as in eastern Northern Ireland and the North-West. …

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