Brits brace for big -10C freeze as Storm Christoph sweeps across UK

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Storm Christoph has brought flooding and heavy snowfall, causing people to leave their homes in deep water.

Now, temperatures could plummet to as low as -10C as wintry weather is set to freeze the UK.

The North West and Wales were the worst hit for heavy rainfall and snow, however, 'more wintry' weather is on the way.

Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell explained: "We're losing the rain but gaining some colder and possibly some wintry weather too."

A yellow weather warning for ice has been issued along a large part of western parts until 10am on Friday.

The alert, which stretches from the Scottish Highlands, down to the north west of England and Wales, includes icy conditions on roads and paths.

Another alert for ice is in pace across northern parts of Scotland until Friday noon.

The colder weather will continue into the weekend, where mercury could drop to -10C overnight in Scotland.

Areas in England could see -7C, Mr Snell said.

He went on: "It will be feeling cold, I think that certainly that will be something that we will all be noticing it will be colder than it was to start the week."

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"I think the main thing for most of us will be that we will see some frosty nights and with the ground wet from the rain we've had we may well see some icy patches," he later added.

Thousands of homes were evacuated over the past couple of days due to the rising water levels.

Dozens of care home residents were among those escorted as floodwaters rose in Cheshire on Thursday.

People were also told to leave their homes in Didsbury and Northenden in Greater Manchester, Skewen and Bangor-on-Dee in North Wales.

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A man's body was discovered in the River Taff near Blakweir in Cardiff on Thursday.

His death is being treated as unexplained while police investigate the incident.

Emergency teams were called to protect supplies of the Oxford University and AstraZeneca Covid vaccine following flooding at Wrexham Industrial Estate.

One severe flood alert remained in place on Thursday night, for the River Dee at Farndon.

However, hundreds of flood warnings and less serious alerts were still issued across the UK.

"Thankfully the areas that saw a lot of the rain on Tuesday and Wednesday have certainly been a bit drier today," Mr Snell said.

Environment Secretary George Eustice chaired a Cobra meeting in response to the ongoing flooding on Thursday afternoon, but reiterated "the danger has not passed".

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