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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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'Majority' of Scottish homes to be reconnected tonight

Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution has said it expects to restore power to the majority of homes that are still cut off in western Scotland.

It said its engineers had "effectively established the equivalent of two new power stations" to provide temporary power, one on Arran and one on the Kintyre peninsula.

Engineers try to fix a damaged pylon in Kintyre, Scotland Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

It predicts that less than 100 homes on Kintyre and around 350 homes on Arran will remain without power overnight, while the majority should be reconnected by 6pm tonight.

Engineers at work in Kintyre, Scotland Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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