By Paul Drury For The Scottish Daily Mail and Mark Duell for MailOnline
Published: 08:33 GMT, 2 December 2019 | Updated: 08:44 GMT, 2 December 2019
Parts of Britain could face a further 40 days of Arctic conditions after the country shivered in temperatures down to -10.3C (13.5F) yesterday on the first day of winter.
The bone-chilling low was recorded in the Scottish Highlands - and with more sub-zero conditions and snow forecast, there are concerns thousands of people could struggle to get to the polls on election day.
Conditions later this week will become more unsettled, with lows down to -14C (7F) predicted as a 1,100-mile wide weather front envelops the UK, threatening travel as voting begins in ten days' time on December 12.
A boy plays with a football at the Angel of the North in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, after sunset yesterday evening
Met Office forecaster Helen Roberts said the weekend temperatures had been