Big freeze 'for another month'

The Met Office has warned the freezing weather could last until the end of April, suggesting that temperatures are unlikely to recover to normal averages until the latter part of next month. Hundreds are facing a sixth day without power in Scotland.

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Around 900 N Ireland properties still without power

Around 900 homes and businesses remain without power in Northern Ireland, after fierce snow storms disrupted services.

Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) said the properties are mainly in rural and exposed areas where access has been "hampered by difficult ground conditions".

A person walks past a snow drift in the Glens of Antrim as wintry weather continues to cause havoc. Credit: REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

"Over 140,000 customers have been affected by the severe weather which swept across northern and eastern counties on Thursday night", NIE said on its website.

Spokeswoman Julia Carson said the company has been using a helicopter to patrol remote areas and commissioned an additional helicopter to deliver emergency crews, engineers and equipment into these areas today by air.

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