SCOTLAND endured the coldest Easter Day on record yesterday – with –12.5C recorded on Royal Deeside.
The temperature shattered the previous record of –9.8C on Easter Monday 1986.
And weathermen warn that high pressure sitting to the north of the UK will continue to bring cold conditions until next weekend.
The honour of the record-breaking low fell to Braemar between Saturday night and Sunday morning. It followed another freezing night on Friday, when –11C (12F) was recorded in the same area.
Lying snow and light winds were blamed for creating the ice-box conditions.
Overall, this March has been provisionally declared the coldest in 50 years. A spokesman for the Met Office in Aberdeen said: ”Frost and low temperatures are not uncommon at this time of the year. What is unique about this Easter is this extreme low temperature recorded on Sunday morning – it’s unique.”
Families heading out for a walk on Easter Day experienced some of the chilliest conditions for years, though daytime temperatures are predicted to rise into April.
Towns and cities across Scotland were last night down to –3C and –4C (25-27F).
The Met Office spokesman added: “You could say things are fairly settled – remaining cold and frosty at night, but with things warming up during the day. There will be the odd snow flurry on the east coast, but, effectively, high pressure is guaranteeing no change for the forseeable future.”
Thousands of families jetted off for sunnier climes last Thursday and Friday, but many would have found the surprise Easter weather extended into Europe’s traditional hot-spots, forecasters also warned.