NEWS
04/03/2018 21:30 GMT

UK Weather: Temperatures To Hit Double Figures As UK Thaws After 'Beast From The East'

But warnings of flooding as snow melts.

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A JCB is used to scrape the road surface and clear snow after vehicles became stuck in snow near Marlborough, Wiltshire.

Temperatures are set to reach double figures in the south of the UK after the ‘Beast From The East’ brought snow misery to thousands.

The mercury is predicted to hit 11C in London on Monday but weather warnings for snow and ice are still in place for parts of north England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Orange and yellow alerts for snow and ice are still in place across Ireland until midday on Monday. 

Trains in the UK were disrupted over the weekend and National Rail warned passengers to check services before travelling.

The Environment Agency said there was a risk of flooding from surging water levels due to snow melt as temperatures started to rise on Sunday.

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Swimmers emerge from the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park in London.

Three flood warnings were in force, two in north-east England and another in Dorset, because of high tides.

An urgent appeal for blood donors has been issued by the NHS after stocks were depleted during the bad weather.

The weather will continue to warm up and any snow will be confined to hills and mountains by the end of the day, the Met Office said.

Forecaster Mark Wilson said: “There will be a noticeable change in the weather, it will be less cold and there will be less snow and ice.

“We are now going to see slightly less cold and milder weather, by Monday afternoon the temperature could be in double figures.

“There is a snow and ice warning for most of Scotland, through the day the snow will be restricted to the higher ground.”

He added: “We can get these quite abrupt change in temperatures because of a change in wind direction.

“From Monday there will be a more southerly flow with milder conditions.”

On Saturday, freezing rain and high winds left hundreds of homes without power, while the thawing conditions caused a number of pipes to burst on the Isle of Wight, Southern Water said.

Icicles caused damage to overhead cables in Bishopton tunnel in Scotland, while North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue knocked down dangerous shards of ice overhanging a footpath.

A plan is being put together for a clean-up operation after Holyhead Marina, in Anglesey, North Wales, was battered by Storm Emma.

The weather conditions over the past few days damaged a large number of vessels berthed in the marina, and there was a low risk of pollution.

Airports are beginning to reopen and train routes resuming, but some operators have warned of reduced or altered timetables.