UK weather forecast – Voters urged to ‘take care’ when heading to polls amid election day warnings for ice and snow – The Sun
12th December 2019
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VOTERS have been urged to “take care” when heading to the polls today as snow and ice are set to hit Britain.

Two cold weather warnings have been issued for election day, with ice and wintry showers expected in parts of Scotland.


Voters could be shivering on their way to the polls as temperatures could plunge to -4C.

The Met Office said surfaces and roads could be slippery, and advised people to take care when walking or driving today.

There are fears the bad weather could lead to a low turnout in some constituencies in the UK's first December election in nearly 100 years.

One of the yellow warnings stretches from Perth, north through central Scotland, to Wick, and the other, further south, covers an area between Thornhill and Lanark.


"We have showers passing through many parts of the UK today, and there's a risk of that turning to ice and there could be some snow in parts of Scotland," said Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon.

Mr Claydon explained that wintry showers were only expected in areas above 200m, and said: "We are not expecting they will cause any real disruption.

"That is why it is an ice warning, rather than a snow warning."

The two yellow weather warnings are in place from 6pm on Wednesday, overnight to 10am on Thursday.

The larger warning in central Scotland includes large parts of one of the closest election fights in the country – Perth and North Perthshire, where the SNP is defending a majority of just 21.

One candidate in another marginal seat not affected by the warnings has already said she believes weather could affect the vote.

Wendy Chamberlain, who is standing as a Liberal Democrat in North East Fife, told the PA news agency: "There is one part of the constituency near the north, Gauldry, and we were going up it and I said if it's snowing on December 12 this is probably a place we're not getting to.

"I think it means that postal votes will be quite critical and a lower turnout might have an impact as well."

Aside from the Scotland forecast, meteorologists are predicting that the rest of the country could be in for a chilly and damp December day.

Forecaster Luke Miall said: "It's going to be a cold start, with frost and ice across some eastern areas first thing.

"After that, things will be turning wet and windy throughout the day.

"Winds will be particularly strong across the south coast of England, and we will then see some showers following on behind."

It will stay fairly cold throughout the day, with highs of four to seven degrees in the north of England and highs of 10 further south.

Mr Claydon added: "It's looking unsettled for most, but that's nothing unusual for the time of year."




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