Scotland experiences coldest September night since 1997

Altnaharra in the Highlands recorded -5C, the lowest since spring this year.

Thursday, 24th September 2020, 1:49 pm

Scotland recorded its coldest night in September since 1997.

The temperature in Althaharra in the Highlands dropped to -5C overnight on Wednesday, 23 September, the lowest temperature since spring this year.

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Boultenstone, in Aberdeenshire, held the previous record in 1997.

A man carving the Scottish flag into the frost on his windscreen picture: Phil Wilkinson
A man carving the Scottish flag into the frost on his windscreen picture: Phil Wilkinson

Weather experts at the Met Office confirmed the all time record was Dalwhinnie, in the Highlands, dropping down to -6.7 on September 26 in 1942.

Braemar, a village around 58 miles west of Aberdeen, is one of the coldest low lying settlements in the country.

On two occasions in the last 130 years the area has plunged to -27.2C, which remains a UK record.

Here are some of the coldest temperatures across Scotland on record:

1) 10 January 1982, Braemar, Aberdeenshire -27.2 °C

2) 30 December 1995, Altnaharra, Highland -27.2 °C

3) 11 February 1895, Braemar, Aberdeenshire -27.2 °C

4) 13 December 1981, Shawbury, Midlands -25.2 °C

5) 13 January 1979, Carnwath, South Lanarkshire -24.6 °C

6) 20 January 1984, Grantown-On-Spey, Moray -23.6 °C

7) 27 January 1985, Lagganlia, Highland -23.4 °C

8) 13 January 1987, Caldecott, Midlands -23.3 °C

9) 08 January 2010 Altnaharra, Highland -22.3 °C

10) 18 February 1960, Grantown-On-Spey, Moray -22.2 °C

11) 30 December 1961, Cannich, Highland -22.2 °C

12) 18 January 1963, Braemar, Aberdeenshire -22.2 °C

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