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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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Damages to electricity infrastructure 'worst in 30 years'

A spokesman for SSE, the energy supplier for Scotland, has called the disruption to power in Argyll and Arran the worst in 30 years.

The spokesman said:

Scottish Hydro Power Distribution (SHEPD) engineers are continuing their intense and brave efforts to restore power to homes in Argyll and Arran following unprecedented weather conditions.

Instances of significant damage to the electricity network infrastructure have been among the worst seen for 30 years, with the weight of line icing pressurising the transmission lines around Crossaig where transmission towers were felled by the conditions.

– SSE Spokesman

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