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ESSEX recorded the second lowest temperature in the UK on Monday night, Met Office figures have revealed.

Cambridge was the coldest place in the UK on Monday night, reaching minus 12.2C (10F), according to Met Office figures.

It was followed by Andrewsfield in Essex (minus 11.1C/12F), Cavendish in Suffolk (minus 10.6C/12.9F), Rothamstead in Hertfordshire (minus 10.4C/13.2F) and Marham in Norfolk (minus 10.3C/13.4F)

It comes as forecasters warned that fresh snow will hit parts of the UK overnight tonight, bringing further risk of traffic disruption South and east Wales, southern England and the Midlands will see the worst of the flurries, which will fall on top of snow still frozen after several days of cold weather.

The RAC said it has its busiest day for five years on Monday.