BRITS shivered as temperatures dipped to a bone-chilling -7C last night – and an Arctic blast on the way means it'll only get COLDER from here.

Wales last night faced its coldest night of the winter so far, as the mercury took a tumble to -6C in the country, and Brits endured freezing temperatures.

But the whole country felt the freeze last night. It was below zero everywhere, with dipping -7C temperatures in Oxfordshire and the south coast of England.

The Met Office said: "Last night was the coldest night of the Winter so far for Wales, with Sennybridge recording a low of -6.0 °C during the early hours of Friday."

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  • Louis Allwood

    Top tips on defrosting your windscreen during the winter

    Mix up a solution of water with a teaspoon of salt and pour it over icy areas

    A mixture of three parts of vinegar to one part of water will also do the trick

    DON’T pour boiling water onto frozen car windows

    DON’T use anything other than a car-specific scraper to remove the frost

    Prevent windscreen frost by soaking an old towel in a solution made up of water and table salt, or a mix of one part of water and two parts of alcohol, then place it over your car windows the night before.

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    Cardiff outlook for today and tonight

    A bright start to Sunday with sunny intervals for inland areas. Cloudier in the far west.

    Staying dry, though temperatures a touch down compared to Saturday. Maximum temperature 8 °C.

    Staying dry, though cloud cover increasing again. Temperatures largely staying above freezing, but an isolated air frost may develop in any more prolonged cloud breaks.

    Feeling cold for all regardless. Minimum temperature 1 °C.

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    Smartphones could stop working if winter temperatures drop too low

    Temperature can actually affect how phones function.

    If a phone gets too hot or cold, it may glitch to help regulate its temperature.

    Many smartphones rely on Lithium-Ion batteries which are easily affected by the cold.

    The science behind these types of batteries shows that as temperatures drop, the internal resistance of the battery increases, according to Sciencing.

    In simpler terms, this means that your battery has to work that much harder to keep your phone on and running.

    As such, you may notice that your phone is moving slowly and that the visuals aren't as sharp as usual.

    In some cases, your phone's battery may also suddenly decrease or even turn off completely – even if you had a nearly full charge.

    Luckily, any temperature-related glitches usually subside once your phone is back in a stable environment.

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    UK weather outlook as we head into February

    Rain will clear in the far southeast during the day, however blustery showers will continue for northeastern areas, with a risk of some gales.

    Otherwise, a fine and dry start to the period with variable cloud, this bringing settled conditions across the south with overnight frost and some morning fog patches in areas with higher elevation.

    Temperatures likely to be close to average in the south, whereas milder in the north, trending slightly above normal.

    Settled conditions looking to continue to dominate through the remainder of January, however, rain or showers at times for the north and northwest, with occasional strong winds here.

    Heading into February there is an increasing likelihood of more unsettled conditions.

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    Tuesday to Thursday outlook

    Mostly dry and often cloudy.

    Rain arriving into the northwest on Wednesday, spreading further southeast during Thursday, and turning increasingly light and patchy.

    Brighter weather following.

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    UK weather forecast today

    Most areas dry but often cloudy.

    Some sunny spells are possible, these mostly across northeast Scotland, Wales and southwest England.

    Some light rain and drizzle affecting northwest Scotland where it will be windy with coastal gales.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Arctic air headed for UK next week

    John Hammond, chief meteorologist for Weathertrending, told The Sun that a quick blast of arctic air is headed for the UK next week, as winter isn’t over yet.

    He said: “Briefly on Thursday a pulse of Arctic air will clip some northern and eastern areas, bringing some wintry showers to the Scottish mountains and perhaps the highest parts of northern England.”

    John added that the UK could be in for a more turbulent February, with a mix of wet, and windy weather with even more early signs of snow.

    He said: “There are signs of a more lively start to February – it looks wetter and windier at times than for much of the previous month.

    “We may see colder weather start to make more definite inroads from the north through the early days of the new month, turning some of that rain to snow.”

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    How to stay warm when outside

    With the weather getting chillier and frostier, you’ll want to wrap up warm.

    Here are some good tips for staying all snugly and cosy when outdoors:

    1. Prewarm your clothes.
    2. Invest in some quality thermals.
    3. Fleece leggings.
    4. Hand warmers.
    5. Cover every inch of skin.
    6. Eat fatty foods.
    7. Thermal flask.
    8. Keep moving.
    9. Keep hydrated.
    10. Keep your head covered.
    11. Tactical scarf-wearing – including keeping your nose and mouth covered
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    London weather outlook Monday to Wednesday

    Staying settled, though often rather cloudy, especially at first with some overnight fog and frost.

    Perhaps becoming brighter more widely midweek as a breeze develops, with temperatures climbing a little.

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    Meteorologist on the weather this month

    Jim Dale, a senior meteorologist at British Weather Services told the Express: “As we get towards the end of the month – the coldest on average parts of the year – what we’re seeing is the high pressure pulling away south and west, allowing a north-easterly air stream to come in.

    “That may well start to bring some snow events towards the latter stages of the month – so that last week of January. I’m talking now about January 25-28.”

    Rain and windy conditions are expected for the rest of the week, with gust of up to 50mph at the peak.

    Through the weekend it is expected to be dry for many but often rather cloudy, with some light rain at times in the far north.

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    Parts of country to see snow soon

    Some places will soon see snow as the freezing blast holds the country in its grip.

    Met Office forecaster Clare Nasir said: “There will be Arctic air streaming down from the north delivering snow showers, particularly in the far north-east of the country.”

    However, in most places it’ll stay cold and mostly bright for the rest of the month.

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    Brace yourselves for -3C deep freeze 

    Brits are set for a winter freeze with forecasters predicting temperatures as lows as -3C.

    According to charts, temperatures across the country are expected to plummet below sub-zero on January 20. The lowest of the temperatures will be in Yorkshire, where graphs from WXCharts show the mercury falling to -3C. 

    According to charts, snow levels may exceed 10cm on Thursday.

    These ice-cold conditions will remain on January 21, with London and the southeast seeing the mercury fall to -1C.

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    Next month could be coldest February on record, say bookies

    Next month could be the coldest February on record, according to Ladbrokes.

    The bookies now make it just a 3/1 shot for the coldest February EVER to be recorded this year, with temperatures soon set to tumble.

    Elsewhere, 2/1 says this ends up being the coldest winter since records began.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “With a big freeze set to batter all four corners of the UK, the odds suggest we’re in for some record-breaking low temperatures in the coming weeks.”

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    Cold weather impact on the elderly

    Agostinho Sousa, consultant in public health medicine at the UKHSA, has urged Britons to remind elderly neighbours to heat their homes.

    “Cold weather can have a serious impact on health, particularly for older people and those with heart and lung problems, as it increases the risks of heart attacks, strokes and chest infections.

    “Remind vulnerable relatives and neighbours to heat their home to at least 18C – particularly if they have reduced mobility, are 65 or older, or have a health condition.

    “Should they need to go outside, it’s important for them to wear shoes with a good grip.”

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    Arctic air streaming from the north to deliver snow showers

    Some places will soon see snow as the freezing blast holds the country in its grip.

    Met Office forecaster Clare Nasir said: “There will be Arctic air streaming down from the north delivering snow showers, particularly in the far north-east of the country.”

    However, in most places it’ll stay cold and mostly bright for the rest of the month.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Manchester weather outlook Monday to Wednesday

    Remaining settled and largely dry.

    Often cloudy but some sunshine is possible at times.

    Patchy frost and fog developing overnight where skies remain clear.

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    Forecast for London for today

    Less cold to start.

    Staying dry throughout but feeling on the chilly side given extensive cloud and only limited brighter intervals.

    Similar conditions are expected overnight. Maximum temperature 8 °C.

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    Manchester weather forecast for today

    Another cloudy day on Sunday with only occasional bright spells, though remaining largely dry.

    Temperatures a touch down compared to Saturday and feeling chilly where cloud persists all day.

    Maximum temperature 7 °C.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Weather outlook Monday to Wednesday

    Mainly dry and often fairly cloudy for most, but occasional sunshine in the east.

    Some rain in the northwest, especially in the northwest of Scotland.

    Temperatures near normal for January.

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    Weather outlook for Sunday to Tuesday

    Largely cloudy, but generally dry with occasional brighter spells.

    Patchy rain, mainly hills in the northwest.

    Strong winds in north. Risk of patchy frost and fog overnight where skies clear.

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    Weather summary for today

    Mostly cloudy, though perhaps a few brighter spells at times, mainly in the east and over parts of the far southwest.

    Windy in the north with patchy rain northwest Scotland.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Long range forecast – January 31 to February 14

    The Met Office in its long-range forecast has predicted snow could fall towards the end of January into early February.

    From January 31 to February 14, the Met Office warns that “some colder interludes remain possible, bringing a risk of occasional snow, this most likely over northern hills.”

    The week beginning February first will see grim weather, and the coldest parts of winter still to come.

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    Weather summary for Sunday

    The Met Office has releases a short summary for tomorrow.

    Mostly cloudy, though perhaps a few brighter spells at times, mainly in the east and over parts of the far southwest.

    Windy in the north with patchy rain northwest Scotland.

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    Met Office '4cast' for Sunday

    The Met Office has released it's 4cast for Sunday.

    And no matter how you look at it, it's going to be fairly miserable for most.

    View the weather agency's video below.

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    We could see snow from Thursday

    The Met Office has warned of a ‘severe frost’ and icy conditions for today's forecast a deep freeze sets in, across large areas in England and Wales.

    And forecasters are now suggesting that Scotland and the Northeast of England could see snow from this Thursday, January 27.

    The Met Office has also said there could be more flurries within the fortnight.

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