Britain is colder than Mount Everest
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Yesterday Britain was colder than Mount Everest as temperatures dropped to -18.4C in Surrey - compared to -17.2C at Lukia in Nepal, the base camp where climbers prepare to clime Everest.
The Sunday Express reported that the Met Office reported widespread sub -10C temperatures between the Home Counties and the Humber, and almost reached England's coldest February record of -20.6C at Woburn, Bedfordshire, in 1947.
The Telegraph reports that, on Friday night, temperatures dropped to a low of -17.8C in Chesam, Buckinghamshire - which is colder than Moscow.
However the freezing temperatures aren't expected to last for much longer.
A change in wind direction is likely to bring temperatures back up to the average for this time of year, although the Met Office still has a level-three cold weather warning in place until Tuesday.
Met Office forecaster Craig Snell told The Telegraph: "We are getting a much quieter picture across the UK this week, which I am sure will be a welcome respite from the cold."
Click on the image below for some pictures of winter 2012...
In pictures: Winter 2012
- Iced up: River Trent, Gunthorpe, Nottinghamshire
- Sunrise, East London
- Winter surfing, Longsands, Tynemouth
- Angel of the North, Newcastle
- Frosty field, East London
- Snowy ponies, Exmoor
- Tourist, Westminster, London
- Commuter, Netherley, Liverpool
- Sunrise, Upper Kennett Valley, Wiltshire
- Morning glory, Perthshire, Scotland
- Sunset, Avebury, Wiltshire
- River Trent, Nottingham
- Deer park, Studley Royal, near Ripon
- Brave swimmer, Hyde Park, London
- Frozen waterfall, Hadrow, Yorkshire
- Hidden dog, Essex
- 11 geese a-freezing, Johnstonebridge, Scotland
- Walker, River Trent, Nottingham
- Mob of deer, Wensleydale
- Cold lamb, Yorkshire
- Wobbly bridge, London
- Dog walkers, Nottingham