UK deep FREEZE: Deadly polar blast to strike Britain as temperatures plunge below zero

The UK is set for another bitterly cold night with more sub-zero temperatures forecast for large parts of the country. The Met Office confirmed temperatures fell to minus 9.9C (14.2F) in Braemar, north-east Scotland on Monday night. The cold blast is thought to have claimed the lives of at least four individuals including an 89-year-old woman in Scotland.

East Dunbartonshire police confirmed a body has been found in the search for missing pensioner Helen Maider, who was last seen at around 6am at the junction of Balmuildy Road and Stirling Drive in Bishopbriggs.

Sergeant Adam Hookway previously said officers and the 89-year-old’s family were concerned due to the cold weather while Ms Maider has also “started to have issues with her memory”.

In a statement the force said: “Police in East Dunbartonshire can confirm a body has been found in the search for missing woman Helen Maider in the Bishopbriggs area.

“Formal identification has yet to be carried out however her family has been informed and the death is not being treated as suspicious.”

West Yorkshire Police confirmed a 57-year-old rough sleeper was found dead inside a tent in Wakefield shortly before 10am on Tuesday morning – his death is not being treated as suspicious.

In Nottingham where temperatures fell to -2C overnight – a homeless man was found dead outside the Hilton Hotel in the City centre shortly after 8am on Tuesday – Nottinghamshire Police said the death is not being treated as suspicious.

During the early hours of Tuesday morning, Thames Valley police confirmed a man died after being hit by a lorry on the M4.

The incident happened at around 3.45am between junction five and six of the M4 near Slough.

The force said the incident took place when “driving conditions at the time were foggy and visibility was poor”.

Public Health England has warned people to look out for others who may be vulnerable in the chilly weather.

Consultant Dr Emer O’Connell said: “Older people and those with heart and lung problems are at risk of getting sick in cold weather.”

This evening temperatures are expected to remain bitterly cold as the UK is trapped between two low-pressure weather systems.

The mercury is expected to remain below freezing with lows of -2C.

Alex Burkill, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “The UK is sandwiched between two low-pressure systems which is allowing a northerly airflow.

“The jet stream is also south of the UK which is helping air to come in from this direction.”

Sky News forecaster Stephanie Gaulter said the UK will remain clear and dry but these conditions will allow for temperatures to “plummet” overnight.

The lowest November temperature of record was set 100 years ago with -23.3C (-9.94F) in Braemar, Aberdeenshire in 1919.

Ms Gaulter said: “The winds have been bringing in cold air from the north over the past few days, bringing us a decidedly cold feel to the weather.

“The winds are expected to drop overnight across Britain and this, combined with clear skies, will allow temperatures to plummet.

“Despite the icy feel, it’s unlikely to be the coldest November on record – that was -23.3C (-9.94F) in Braemar in 1919. Now that is cold!”

Netweather.TV forecaster Terry Scholey said the overnight freeze is set to continue into Wednesday as cold air pushes in from the Atlantic.

Mr Scholey said: “The far West remains mostly cloudy after dark, and it’ll be misty in places, with a moderate or fresh South Easterly wind continuing to bring showers to the far West, these perhaps spreading to the Western Isles and the parts of Dumfries overnight.

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“Apart from the odd light shower, it remains dry elsewhere in lighter breezes. It’ll turn misty with some patchy fog, but with variable amounts of cloud, both fog and frost shouldn’t be as widespread.

“Lowest temperatures -2 to 2C in central and eastern areas, but in the milder West, the thermometer won’t fall below 5 to 8C.”

He added: “Wednesday sees Atlantic fronts in the West and South West struggling to make progress, so what you have you’re likely to keep.

“Many places stay dry with any fog in central and eastern areas lifting during the morning.”

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