Coldest night for 12 years

PUBLISHED: 09:50 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:57 11 May 2010

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PEOPLE in Royston have been shivering this week as temperatures dropped to their lowest point for 12 years. Richard Barker, weatherman at the Royston Iceni Weather Centre, recorded a temperature of -7 degrees Celsius on Monday night. He said: This is the

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PEOPLE in Royston have been shivering this week as temperatures dropped to their lowest point for 12 years.

Richard Barker, weatherman at the Royston Iceni Weather Centre, recorded a temperature of -7 degrees Celsius on Monday night.

He said: "This is the lowest temperature we've seen in Royston since 1997. It was probably even colder in the area around Royston railway station, as this is the lowest point in the town."

The icy conditions have made the roads and footpaths treacherous for motorists and pedestrians.

Mr Barker said: "It's certainly quite dangerous outside, and I know a lot of the roads in the Studlands Rise area are totally iced over."

Royston also saw its first snow of 2009 this week, with about two centimetres falling in the early hours of Monday.

With schools in the area still closed for staff training, many children and their families took advantage of the final day of the Christmas holidays to go sledging on Therfield Heath.

And according to Mr Barker, we have not seen the last of the freezing weather.

He said: "It's going to remain like this for at least the rest of the week, although it might get a bit warmer over the weekend.

"January has been a very cold month so far, and that's probably going to continue.

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