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Lowest February temperature for 35 years as Braemar dips to -23C

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Temperatures plummeted to -23C in Braemar this morning- the lowest recorded in Scotland in February for 35 years.

Kinbrace in Sutherland was close behind, with -20.9C recorded.

The bitterly cold chill overnight has not exceeded the lowest ever Scottish record, which was -27.2C in Braemar in 1982.

Aberdeenshire Council workers have been tirelessly treating road networks and have already exceeded their average salt use during winter of 40,000 tonnes by approximately 3,000 tonnes.

Police have warned of low temperatures across the north-east and urged drivers not to travel unless it is deemed essential.

Temperatures this morning from across Europe

- Dublin, Ireland       0C
- Paris, France        -7C
- Berlin, Germany      -4C
- Madrid, Spain         6C
- Novosibirsk, Russia  -25C

Chris Booth, a retail manager at Braemar Coop and a keen weather watcher, said: “It is bitterly cold this morning.

“The reading in the car says it is -21C which is remarkable.

“Roads were very icy this morning and a bit challenging at times.

“It is very cold just now and all of the snow has turned from the nice soft stuff to the not so nice harder icy snow, but it is exciting to record the lowest temperature for 35 years.

“We are kind of used to it here but it still shocked us a little to see the temperature drop so low.”

Although the winter chill is continuing, there was not a major flurry of snow overnight.

Inverness temperatures sat at around -9C, while the Western Isles and Orkney recorded -2C and -1C respectively.

Snow clearing has been undertaken in recent days near Nethy Bridge

In Aberdeen, the mercury dipped to -10C during the small hours.

Road maintenance teams are currently out treating surfaces with priority routes, including those around vaccination centres, being prioritised.


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