Temperatures to plummet as wintry snap replaces Storm Christoph downpours

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Temperatures could plummet as low as -10C in the coming days, as colder winter weather takes charge this weekend.

A Met Office forecaster has said, however, that it is going to be “more wintry now” as the downpours of Storm Christoph move away to the east.

Meteorologist Craig Snell added: “We’re losing the rain but gaining some colder and possibly some wintry weather too.”

A yellow weather warning for ice is in place – which stretches from the Scottish Highlands, down to the north west of England and into Wales, as well as covering Northern Ireland.

The alert says there is the possibility of injuries from icy conditions on ground which is already wet. The chilly weather will continue into the weekend, when temperatures could drop to -10C overnight in localised parts of Scotland, and could dip as low as -7C in parts of England.

Mr Snell went on: “It will be feeling cold, I think that certainly that will be something that we will all be noticing it will be colder than it was to start the week.”

“I think the main thing for most of us will be that we will see some frosty nights and with the ground wet from the rain we’ve had we may well see some icy patches,” he later added.

Earlier, people were told to leave their homes in the Didsbury and Northenden areas of Greater Manchester, Bangor-on-Dee in North Wales and in the Skewen area of Neath, North Wales because of flooding fears.

Meanwhile, South Wales Police said on Twitter that the body of a man had been recovered from the River Taff near Blackweir in Cardiff on Thursday, with the death being treated as unexplained.

Elsewhere in Wales, emergency teams were called out to protect supplies of the Oxford University and AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine following flooding at Wrexham Industrial Estate.

Three severe flood warnings – signifying a threat to life – remain in place on Friday morning on the River Dee at Farndon, Bangor-on-Dee and the Lower Dee Valley near Llangollen.

As of 5am on Friday morning, there were an additional 182 flood warnings and 176 less serious flood alerts still in place in England, 13 flood warnings and 27 flood alerts in Wales and four flood alerts in Scotland.

Environment Secretary George Eustice chaired a Cobra meeting in response to the ongoing flooding on Thursday afternoon, but reiterated “the danger has not passed”.

In a statement following the meeting, Mr Eustice said: “The water levels remain high and there is the risk of possible further flooding next week so everyone needs to remain vigilant, follow the advice and sign up for flood alerts.”



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