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Glenmore in the Cairngorms posts coldest Highland night of the winter so far, while parts of Lanarkshire saw mercury fall lower than it has 'in a decade'


By Philip Murray

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The temperature fell to -13.3C in the Highlands last night.
The temperature fell to -13.3C in the Highlands last night.

THE Highlands have recorded their coldest night of the winter so far – while other parts of Scotland saw the mercury fall further than it has in more than a decade.

Glenmore in the Cairngorms saw the temperature fall to -13.3C last night – easily surpassing the previous coldest Highland temperature of the winter, a frigid -12.2C which was recorded at Loch Glascarnoch in Ross-shire earlier in the week.

Craggan near Grantown on Spey also surpassed Loch Glascarnoch’s previous benchmark, dropping to -12.4C. And Carrbridge saw the mercury bottom out at a frigid -12.1C.

But an incoming weather front from the north-west meant they were all eclipsed by temperatures further south in Scotland last night.

Numerous parts of Lanarkshire dropped below -16C – with Biggar near Hartree falling furthest at -17.8C.

The figures were released by Highland Weather (@highlandweather on Twitter, and Highland Weather on Facebook), which posted the data this morning.

Commenting on the temperatures, Highland Weather’s Lee Schofield said: “-18c has not been seen for some years, 2010 off memory.”

News of the cold temperatures came as Met Office yellow weather warnings were issued for the Highlands over the weekend.

One, for ice, is currently in force across much of the Highlands, and will remain in place until 11am on Sunday.

Related news: Coldest night of winter recorded after mercury falls to -12.2C

Related news: Keep off the ice warning issued by Highland emergency response teams


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