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the Coldest Day in Scotland

Feb 11

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"There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes."


Braemar in Aberdeenshire holds the record for the lowest recorded temperature in Scotland at -27.2°C (-16.96°F), recorded first in Feb 11, 1895, and then again on Jan 10, 1982. Braemar is the third coldest low lying place in the UK, after the villages of Dalwhinnie and Leadhills, with an annual average temperature of 6.8 °C. However, that seems positively balmy compared to the lowest natural temperature ever directly recorded at ground level on Earth: −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F,) which was measured at the Soviet Vostok Station in Antarctica. Best to warm up with a bit of dancing. Brrrrrr! ❄️ ❄️ ❄️

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On the 31st of January, 2019, The lowest temperature in the UK for seven years was recorded at the same location that Scotland has measured the coldest temperatures.


Residents of Braemar in north-east Scotland experienced a temperature of -14.4C (6.1F), the lowest temperature in the UK since 2012 when it reached -15.6C (3.9F) at Holbeach, Lincolnshire.


Though other places boast colder temperatures, the wind chill and rain can make for shivery and dreich days.


Many strange cold weather phenomenon occurs in Scotland including:

  • Ice Pancakes

  • Nacreous Clouds

  • Hair Ice

  • Snow Rollers

  • Fog Bows

  • Noctilucent Clouds

  • Broken Spectre


For some photography capturing these fascinating cold weather phenomenon, click the cartoon!

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