Temperatures plunge to record lows. Shades of the Little Ice Age! A reminder of what can happen during a solar minimum.
The River Thames in London froze over for the first time in 60 years as temperatures plummeted overnight.
For the first time since 1963, parts of the River Thames were frozen over as witnesses spotted seagulls perching on the icy surface in Teddington. The River Great Ouse in Cambridgeshire was also frozen over leaving boats stuck.
It comes as temperatures dropped to below 0C in parts of England.
In Ravensworth, North Yorkshire, temperatures plummeted to -15.3C last night as the UK braced for up to four inches of snow and 50mph gales today.
In Newcastle, families woke up to the city blanketed by snow with the wintry weather also hitting parts of northeast Scotland as well as coastal regions in northeast England.
Meanwhile, Scotland recorded its coldest February night since 1955 and record snowfall in Braemar.
Oli Claydon, a spokesperson for the Met Office, said: “Usually you’d expect records to be broken by point such-and-such of a degree but here we are looking at big differences.”
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“The sea went to slush as well,” says Laurel.