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COLD NIGHT IN STORE AS TEMPERATURES EXPECTED TO HIT -8C ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

Photo: Ian Groves

Islanders should prepare for an extremely cold night with temperatures set to plummet to as low as -8c in some areas of the Isle of Wight tonight (Saturday).

Around the coast temperatures will hover at 0c or maybe 1c, but the further inland you go the colder it will get. Most communities will see -3c or -4c, but areas such as Thorley and Porchfield in the West and Wootton and Ryde in the East could see -6c.

Forecasters at the IW Met Service – who successfully predicted this week’s snow fall – say a few rural spots such as Ashey near Ryde and Newtown near Shalfleet could feel the cold bite a little more. The mercury could fall to as low as -8c here.

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Although it is set to be the coldest night of the year so far, there is no weather warning in place for ice. There is however a cold weather advisory in place from IW Met Service, who say ice is possible on untreated roads and pavements, especially in the countryside.

Island Roads are sending gritters out across the road network for a full salt run from 18:00.

Last month Hampshire Constabulary issued a warning to car owners not to leave their vehicles unattended when clearing ice and frost from the windscreen.


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