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Children enjoy the snow in Whitley Bay in North Tyneside

Snow will spread across the country on Monday as the big freeze tightens its grip, forecasters said.

The cold spell has already seen record low temperatures in some parts of the country, with both Wales and Northern Ireland recording the coldest November night since records began.

The mercury at Llysdinam near Llandrindod Wells in Wales plunged to minus 17.3C on Saturday night, while Lough Fea in Northern Ireland hit minus 9.2C. With much of the country blanketed in snow, Shawbury in Shropshire also dropped to minus 12.5C and Church Fenton in North Yorks bottomed out at minus 11.9C.

So far Scotland and the North East have been worst hit, with 40cm of snow, and police advising people to stay indoors for all but essential travel.

As the front moves west the rest of the country is also likely to be blanketed.

Aisling Creevey, of MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said Londoners should also prepare for the possibility of snow on Monday night.

She said: “The snow will become more widespread from tomorrow evening and most places will get a dusting. There will be an increasingly high wind chill during the week and it will feel really raw.”

Many areas will see temperatures remain below zero on Monday, while the warmest place will be the South East, which will experience a balmy 4C.

The Arctic conditions have been caused by a combination of light winds, snow cover and clear skies – and could see readings down to minus 20C in Scotland later this week.

The UK’s lowest ever recorded temperature in November was minus 23.3C recorded in Braemar, in the Scottish Highlands, on November 14, 1919.

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