Cold snap in Tayside and Fife as temperatures plummet to -7C

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Perth and Kinross Council aims to keep roads moving this winter.

Temperatures plunged to below -7C as icy winter weather hit Tayside and Fife on Monday morning.

Bitterly cold winds, frost and ice were felt across the region, causing some disruption for commuters.

The Tay Road Bridge issued a cold weather warning in the early hours of the morning, hours after it highlighted concerns over adverse weather conditions caused by dense fog.

Meanwhile, on the Forth Road Bridge – exactly 58 years after construction on the crossing first started – speed restrictions were imposed throughout the day due to poor visibility.

Kinross recorded one of the coldest temperatures, -7C, on Monday morning, while Perth, Kirkcaldy and Dundee sat on around -6C.

The Met Office predicted thickening cloud across Tayside and Fife into Tuesday morning, with strengthening winds and coastal gales.

Grahame Madge, spokesman for the Met Office, told The Courier things were expected to change in the coming days.

“We have had a pool of very cold air sitting over Scotland with snow glare, freezing fog and clear skies all factors in keeping temperatures suppressed.

“Later (on Monday) we are seeing a low pressure system move up from south England, which has caused a lot of rain that will be moving north.

“There will be increasing cloud cover from midnight today.

“On Tuesday there will be some precipitation with rain and snow above 250 metres or so.”

Mr Madge added: “It will be ended by a period of high pressure following the movement of the low pressure. Conditions will change a bit. Increasingly in the day, conditions will be bright and clear but overnight, with the clear skies, we expect those temperatures to drop.

“They have been very cold overnight.”

Gales and strong winds are expected to last throughout Tuesday, mixed with rain and hill snow in the morning.

Things will settle on Wednesday, with the winds dying back down and some sunny spells.

Cloud will again increase on Thursday and Friday.

A report published earlier this month by the Met Office suggests the probability of a cold start to winter is more likely than it has been in previous years.

The outlook shifts towards lower temperatures – with an overall chance of the UK experiencing temperatures in the ‘cold’ category being 30% – one-and-a-half times the usual risk.

The outlook will be updated within a few weeks to show what sort of conditions might be expected in December.