County freezes as temperatures drop

Annabel Hosegood, nine, and Mason Chandler-Wickens, seven, in the playground at Witney’s Batt School

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Sheep search for grazing at Boars Hill

First published in Countywide

CHILDREN at Witney’s Batt School wrapped up warm to learn about the shapes that ice makes yesterday.

Pupils went on a winter walk around the school grounds, keeping an eye out for frozen spiders’ webs.

Temperatures dropped to well below freezing throughout Oxfordshire on Tuesday night and wintry scenes took over as freezing fog engulfed the county.

The coldest temperatures were recorded in South Newington, where it was -7.9C on Tuesday night, while RAF Benson dropped to -6.1C.

It wasn’t quite the coldest place to be in the country though – Little Rissington in Gloucestershire, just across the county boundary north of Burford, was the coldest in England at -8.3C, while Braemar in the Scottish Highlands was the coldest in the UK at -11.3C.

Met Office spokesman Sarah Holland said: “It was quite a chilly night in Oxfordshire on Tuesday night.

“It was the coldest night the county has seen this winter.”

She added: “It will be turning milder, but more unsettled towards the end of the week.”

While temperatures were expected to be at least -2C last night and could be again tonight, forecasters say it won’t be as cold as Tuesday.

Rain and strong winds are forecast to return tomorrow with temperatures rising to 9C. Next week conditions are expected to become much milder.

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