Parts of southern England to hit minus 9C in early hours amid cold snap

Parts of southern England will hit -9C in the early hours, with the cold snap set to last until the end of the week. The Met Office said freezing fog will stay in place

in some areas on Tuesday morning, with temperatures hovering just above -10C. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) extended a level 3 cold weather alert until 9am on

Friday, with people urged to keep warm and check in on family and friends who may be more vulnerable. As temperatures plunged to -9.5C in Santon Downham, Suffolk, on Sunday

night, it was confirmed hundreds of households in England and Wales are eligible for cold weather payments. They are made to vulnerable people, including pensioners, to help

them pay for heating when the temperature dips below freezing. It goes to those living in an area where the average temperature is recorded as, or forecast to be, 0C or

below over seven consecutive days. Payments will be made to homes across north-east England, Cumbria, west Wales and Oxfordshire. Meanwhile, the Environment Agency has

34 flood warnings in place across England, meaning flooding is expected and action to prevent it should take place. Met Office forecaster Craig Snell told the PA news

agency: “We’ve got rather cloudy, damp but mild weather across Northern Ireland, Scotland and far north-west areas of England on Tuesday, temperatures could get up to 12C or 13C

across Aberdeenshire way. “Further south across the rest of England and Wales we’re still under the colder conditions, so there could be some fog again which will be quite

slow to clear, so a very similar start to Monday.