Big freeze set to hit Britain

Ambulance workers load a stretcher into an ambulance as lifeboat crews look on in a flooded street in St Asaph.

Freezing temperatures and wintry showers are set to hit Britain today as hundreds of people are forced to stay in temporary shelter after days of flooding.

Northerly winds coupled with below-zero temperatures tonight will cause misery in flood-hit towns and villages across the country.

In Yorkshire, where floods have caused widespread destruction and travel chaos, wiintry showers could develop in higher areas and widespread frost is expected.

Today Scarborough Council said five homes in Whitby will have to be demolished after a landslide.

The traditional fishermen’s cottages, built into the steep cliffside, became structurally unsound after heavy rain caused subsidence in gardens in Aelfleda Terrace.

Structural engineers who inspected the houses said they could not be saved.

The River Ouse in York has peaked at 4.5 metres, flooding more streets and businesses.

In north Wales many people were forced out of their homes overnight after parts of the River Elwy yesterday burst its banks and flooded more than 400 properties.

Forecasters have predicted that the region will remain largely dry overnight.

But hundreds of flood warnings still remain in place across the country and the Environment Agency last night said there was still a possibility of more flooding and disruption for the next 48 hours.

John Lee, a forecaster for Meteo Group, the weather division of the Press Association, said: “Generally across the UK temperatures have taken a dip today. Most areas are dry but feeling very cold and there will be a widespread frost. In places like the North York Moors there will be wintry showers.


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