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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 owest temperature in the UK since 2012 when it reached -15.6C (3.9F) at Holbeach, Lincolnshire.
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.
For comparison, the lowest natural temperature ever directly recorded at ground level on Earth is −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F; 184.0 K), which was at the Soviet Vostok Station in Antarctica, on July 21, 1983.
For more on an "ice pancake" that formed at the River Dee near Braemar, click the cartoon!