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What is the coldest recorded temperature in the UK?

UK temperatures have been known to plunge to lows of -27.2 C, in Braemar, East Scotland, and Altnaharra in the North of Scotland.

These lows were recorded on January 10, 1982, and December 30, 1995, respectively.

The third lowest temperature ever recorded in the UK was clocked in Shawbury in the Midlands on December 13, 1981, when the mercury dipped to -25.2C.

In-fact the 19th and 20th century, Britain experienced some of its worst winters which at times saw the nation brave blizzards, avalanches, several months without temperatures getting above freezing.

In 1963 – nicknamed the ‘Big Freeze of 1963’ – the UK even saw one of it’s chilliest months of record with an average temperature of -2.1C.

It was the second coldest winter on record after the Great Frost of 1683-84 which saw temperatures in some areas reportedly plummeting to -30C.

As a result, the the river Thames remained completely frozen over for over two months, giving Londoners plenty of time to enjoy a frost fair on the ice, which was reportedly 11 inches thick.

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