UK faces -5 deep freeze tonight before 80mph gales sweep in

BRITS are braced for a -5C freeze tonight before the remnants of Hurricane Oscar barrel through the country.

The former hurricane could bring in 80mph gales as temperatures drop to below freezing in many parts.

Rural areas are likely to see the mercury fall as low as -5C, and some areas in the outskirts of London may also feel a severe chill as temperatures drop to -2C.

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: “Lengthy clear spells, plummeting temperatures.

The effects of Oscar will be felt in Britain by the end of the week – but the violent storm is proving dangerously difficult to predict for weather experts.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said: “Oscar’s always been a tricky one and there’s always been a lot of uncertainty regarding it.

“And at the moment, the most likely track will actually take us a little bit further North than we were thinking before.”