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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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SSE: Around 3,300 properties still without power

Around 3,300 homes and businesses remained without power overnight in Argyll, Kintyre and on Arran, Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has said.

"We continue to have a large number of engineers working on restoring power - over 250 on the Kintyre peninsula and around 150 on Arran", the power company said. "We will be bringing generators into Whiting Bay and Blackwaterfoot on Arran to begin restoring supplies in these areas".

Helicopters will be flying again today to survey lines for further damage and transporting essential equipment to areas still without electricity.

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