Coldest places in Britain revealed as temperatures plunge to brutal -10C

Ice, snow, hail and sleet have left Brits shivering over the past week as temperatures plunged to below minus.

Aboyne in Aberdeenshire felt bitterly cold lows of -10.7 degrees on Friday, while ice weather warnings were issued for most of the UK on Tuesday. 

Now the coldest places in Britain over winter have been revealed – with Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill declaring: "Winter’s here now properly."

Topping the list is Scotland and the PH19 postcode area of Dalwhinnie in the Highlands, according to Direct Line Home Insurance.


The area recorded average winter temperatures of -2.39C, 4.46C colder than the Scottish average and 5.11C colder than the UK average.

While those looking for warmer climes during winter would do well to head to the Isles of Scilly.

The average temperatures here are both the warmest and most reliable, with the lowest average recording sitting at a balmy 9.12C – only 0.04C colder than the warmest postcode in the area.

Elsewhere, Alston in the Pennines (3.13C colder), Bala in North Wales (2.83C colder) and Moreton-in-Marsh near Chelmsford are the coldest places to live in their respective regions.


With the temperature in Britain falling to an average of 2.7C in winter, the analysis highlights the areas where the mercury drops the most compared to the surrounding area.

It shows the extreme changes in temperatures at a local level between neighbouring postcodes, varying by as much as 7.7C between areas in Argyll and Bute where temperatures can be as high as 5.9C or as low as -1.8C.

At the other end of the spectrum, London has the most constant winter temperatures, with postcodes in the west of the capital experiencing the lowest variance in winter temperature and even this is only by 0.4C.

Further analysis of home insurance claims by Direct Line reveals more than £21 million in damages is claimed for in relation to frozen pipes and escape of water every year, around £250,000 for every day of winter.

Dan Simson, Head of Home Insurance at Direct Line, said: “The research shows that typically many of the areas of the UK that are particularly affected by the cold are away from city centres and relatively isolated from nearby amenities.

"While a difference of a few degrees may not seem like much, when temperatures fall below freezing for a prolonged period of time it can have a major impact on a property.

"A burst pipe can cause substantial damage, as a small leak can end up releasing as much as 30 gallons of water in as little as two minutes, damaging flooring, plaster and contents around the home.”

Direct Line’s top tips to avoid frozen pipes this winter

  • Leave – the heating on at approximately 15 degrees to avoid pipes freezing
  • Lift – your loft hatch so the warm air can circulate to pipes in all areas of your home
  • Lag – make sure any external pipes to boilers have been lagged, this can be done easily and cheaply with supplies from your local DIY store
  • Locate – find out now where your stopcock is and know how to turn off the water supply in event of an emergency. If you’ve not turned it on in the last six months, try to do so now in case it needs fixing
  • Look out – for your neighbours, friends, relatives, and anyone less able to protect themselves from the freezing temperatures

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