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BRITAIN’S BIG FREEZE: Sub-zero temperatures THIS WEEK for coldest spell of autumn so far

A widespread frost is expected and a new survey of highways bosses shows that councils have stockpiled 1.2 million tonnes of salt to prepare for the months ahead.

Public Health England is calling on people to prepare for the chilly snap, warning that the “cold does kill”.

Scotland is forecast to see a low of minus 5C (23F) – but rural areas are likely to be even colder, while Northern Ireland will face temperatures of 0C (32F), with rural areas similarly expected to plummet lower.

Dr Angie Bone, from the extreme events team at Public Health England, said: “Cold does kill, even in places where the temperatures aren’t at their lowest.

“Now is the time to prepare for the cold weather forecast by the Met Office, and to think of those you know who are older, very young, or have pre-existing health conditions who are particularly vulnerable.”

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