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Storm Christoph may cause the temperature to drop to -10C

Storm Christoph might make the winter even colder.

Storm Christoph might make the winter even colder and the temperature could drop as low as -10C as days of flooding and heavy rain come.

Storm Christoph causes temperature drop

The rain is expected to ease off but the mercury will begin to plunge, with sub-zero temperatures bringing icy conditions this weekend.

Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell said: “We’re losing the rain but gaining some colder and possibly some wintry weather too. It will be feeling cold, I think that certainly, that will be something that we will all be noticing it will be colder than it was to start the week. I think the main thing for most of us will be that we will see some frosty nights and with the ground wet from the rain we’ve had we may well see some icy patches.”

Around 40 residents were assisted out of the Weaver Court care home in Northwich, Cheshire, by fire crews with dinghies on Thursday afternoon. Earlier in the day, Cheshire Fire and Rescue had said it was in the process of rescuing 21 people by boat from Lea Court nursing home in the town of Warrington.

Elsewhere, people were also told to leave their homes in the Didsbury and Northenden areas of Greater Manchester, Bangor-on-Dee in North Wales, and the Skewen area of Neath.

Meanwhile, South Wales Police said on Twitter that the body of a man had been recovered from the River Taff near Blackweir in Cardiff on Thursday. The cause of the death is unexplained.

Elsewhere in Wales, emergency teams were called out to protect supplies of the Oxford University and AstraZeneca Covid vaccine following flooding at Wrexham Industrial Estate.

Three severe flood warnings remain in place on Friday morning on the River Dee at Farndon, Bangor-on-Dee, and the Lower Dee Valley near Llangollen.

As of 5 am on Friday, there were an additional 182 flood warnings and 176 less serious flood alerts still in place in England, 13 flood warnings and 27 flood alerts in Wales, and four flood alerts in Scotland.

Environment Secretary George Eustice chaired a Cobra meeting in response to the ongoing flooding on Thursday afternoon and said: “The water levels remain high and there is the risk of possible further flooding next week so everyone needs to remain vigilant, follow the advice and sign up for flood alerts.”

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