Another cold spell hit the UK last night with temperatures plummeting to -18 in some areas. 

Hundreds of drivers were also stranded on roads in Scotland overnight, and most of the airports in the area had to close for part of the day, including Glasgow and Edinburgh.

But it wasn’t only Scotland that suffered the effects of the big freeze.

Snow in the capital

Weather causing disruption

Stephen Davenport, forecaster for MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: “It was another very cold night and it has been well below freezing almost everywhere.

“Even London was close to minus 3C – it reached minus 2.8C in St James’s Park.”

“Only the Isles of Scilly and the far south-west of Cornwall stayed above freezing. It’s been so low overnight that temperatures are struggling to come up,” he continued.

Ten people this year have so far died due to thes arctic weather conditions.

Among those are two cyclists who were killed on the A595 at Moota in Cumbria after colliding with a van on the icy roads on Sunday.

Another victim was a 64-year-old man who died while clearing snow outside his home on the weekend.

The big freeze will continue to hold Britain in its grip with more snow showers and icy conditions predicted for eastern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland over the next few days.