A Moray village has edged out Braemar to record the UK’s coldest temperature so far in 2014.
The Aberdeenshire village of Braemar had recorded the UK’s coldest temperature of 2014 on Christmas Day, a rather chilly -8.5C (17.6F), however, Cromdale, in Moray has now set a new record of -9C (15.8F) over the weekend.
Those returning to work after the Christmas break or hitting the sales have been hit with a chilly and crisp build-up to the new year.
A Met Office spokeswoman, who said that most of the country will be in the minus figures, added: “It is going to be cold but not as cold as it was overnight.
“Today will be bright but with a lot of frost – you will have to de-ice your cars. It will be bright and crisp.
“It will not be particularly cold on New Year’s Eve if you are out having a few drinks.”
She pointed out that showers can also be expected in Scotland on Hogmanay and that New Year’s Day is set to be wet but warmer.
The best place to be weather-wise as the clock strikes midnight is the South East of England, the Met Office said, which is expected to stay relatively dry.