UK weather: Highlands village has hottest and coldest temperature in Britain

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In the early hours of Thursday morning, the temperature in the village of Aviemore was close to freezing, with the mercury showing just 1C. But later in the day, the Cairngorms National Park tourist spot experienced weather that was hotter than Barcelona, Rome and Paris at 21C.

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Due to a lingering fog that hangs in the mountains overnight, Aviemore endured freezing temperatures before the sun rose and the air pressure shot up, bathing the village in summer-like warmth. The Met Office said that the two extreme recordings go against normal atmospheric conditions”9.

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Claire Smith, 35, the manager of the Mountain Cafe in Aviemore, said it was as if the seasons had gone into reverse.

“It was incredibly chilly coming in the morning with a coat, scarf and gloves on, she said. You could see the grass glistening and frost appearing on cars.

“But I have to carry all my clothes home later on because it will be far too warm.

“It’s been really strange here because we’re having a bit of an Indian summer but starting our day with winter – it’s as if we’ve skipped autumn completely.

“You can definitely notice it throughout the day as people come in shivering looking for their morning coffee but then later on folk are coming in wearing their shorts and getting milkshakes.”

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Maja Aas, 19, a student on a school trip from Norway, had packed her luggage in preparation for a cold winter. But, after seeing the sun shining, the student headed to the beach at nearby Loch Morlich to bask in the sun.

UK Weather: Highlands Village Has Hottest And Coldest Temperature In Britain

She said: “Everyone was telling me that Scotland was really rainy and cold in Scotland at this time of year so that’s what I packed for.

“I’d brought my rain coat and warm sweatshirts but I don’t think that was necessary.

“It’s really nice and beautiful here so we’re just hanging out on the beach now.”

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The average temperature in Scotland is predicted to be 11 degrees Celsius until next Tuesday and will be up to four degrees warmer during daylight hours. But morning commuters across the central belt were hit by a very thick fog which was caused by the UK being a very high pressure area.

UK Weather: Highlands Village Has Hottest And Coldest Temperature In Britain

A spokeswoman for the Met Office said the nice weather in Scotland is expected to last until next week. She said: “The high amount of fog is caused by the high amount of moisture overnight from the cold air which just hangs there when the weather is settled as the sun rises and it isn’t windy.

“We can expect this generally pleasant, dry weather to continue throughout Scotland into the middle of next week.

The extreme differences in temperatures in high up towns such as Aviemore and Braemar in recent days can be explained by the very high pressure in the air over the UK.

“High pressure causes a temperature inversion at altitude which means that while we would normally expect places like Aviemore to be colder, when there is high pressure the temperature will rise and go against normal atmospheric conditions.

“And at night, when the sun goes away, this temperature inversion reverts back to normal and gets colder.”

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Braemar in the Highlands was the second hottest town in the UK at 19.5 degrees Celsius and Drumnadrochit, Highlands, at 19.5 degrees Celsius. The same towns were expected to be among the coldest in the UK on Thursday.


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