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The icy Easter weekend has been declared the coldest in 100 years and forecasters have warned the cold snap will continue for the rest of the week. 

Despite welcoming in British summer time, temperatures plummeted to -12.4C last night in Braemar in Aberdeenshire, while South Newington in Oxfordshire dropped to -5C.

The Met office confirmed it could be the coldest Easter Sunday morning in 100 years. 

Water cascading down Summerhill Force, County Durham formed icicles today as the coldest March since 1963 draws to a close

Water cascading down Summerhill Force, County Durham formed icicles today as the coldest March since 1963 draws to a close

A walker stepped under an impressive icicle covered cliffside in County Durham in freezing conditions today

A walker stepped under an impressive icicle covered cliffside in County Durham in freezing conditions today

The Thames burst its banks between Barnes and Putney Pier ahead of the Easter Sunday Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

The Thames burst its banks between Barnes and Putney Pier ahead of the Easter Sunday Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

Greg Dewhurst, Met office spokesman, said: ‘It looks it. It should be made official on Tuesday after Bank Holiday. 

‘Last time it was this cold on an Easter Sunday temperatures fell to -9.8C. But last night it was -12.4 in Scotland.’ 

But if you are heading out for an Easter Sunday stroll, you are in for plenty of sunshine.

‘Today will see temperatures in most places between 4C and 7C across the country’, Mr Dewhurst said.

‘It’s not too bad. But as a consequence of the sunny spells, temperatures will fall to close to freezing tonight. 

‘Towards the north and Scotland it could reach -8C again.’ 

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