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Deep freeze in northern Highlands came as Scotland registered its coldest February since 1955, the Met Office has revealed

By Philip Murray

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LAST night’s deep freeze saw the coldest February temperature recorded in the UK since 1955 – even topping figures during the infamous snow of the winter of ‘63.

The Met Office confirmed the news this morning, after announcing that the mercury in Braemar in Aberdeenshire fell to -23.0C at 8.13am on Thursday.

Temperatures in the Highland Council area were not far behind – with Kinbrace in Sutherland actually being the coldest spot in the UK for much of last night, before Braemar eclipsed it this morning.

The mercury in several areas in Sutherland, and Badenoch & Strathspey, fell below -20C, with Kinbrace finishing at -22.0C, according to figures from Highlands and Islands Weather (@highlandweather on Twitter, and Highlands and Islands Weather on Facebook).

Confirming Braemar’s -23.0C temperature, the Met Office said: “We can now confirm that last night was the coldest February night across the UK since 23rd February 1955.

The #temperature in Braemar, Aberdeenshire fell to minus 23.0 °C at 08:13 this morning.”

Related news: Temperatures in northern Highlands fall to -22C

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