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Coldest night since 1995 recorded

Freezing scene
Temperatures in the region fell to their lowest level since 1995

Overnight temperatures in the south of Scotland have reached their lowest level in more than 14 years.

Figures at the Met Office's Eskdalemuir observatory in Dumfries and Galloway hit -14C on Sunday, the coldest since December 1995.

However, recent freezing conditions meant the region's rainfall record was not broken in 2009.

The total for the year was 2213.6mm (87.15in) which fell just short of the 2222.6mm (87.5in) set in 1928.

Heavy downpours in November caused widespread flooding across southern Scotland and northern England.

However, December rainfall was below the monthly average meaning the annual record was not exceeded.

The weather focus has now turned to the icy conditions.

Temperatures are forecast to drop well below freezing on Monday night and for the remainder of the week.

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