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Met Office issue fresh rain warning as temperatures plummet to -4C

Brits have been hit with a fresh weather warning for rain today as freezing condition continue to grip the nation.

Heavy rain during Wednesday morning will drench parts of the country leading to travel disruption, the forecaster warned.

Spray and flooding on roads is likely to make journeys longer, while bus and train services are set to be affected.

Persistent downpours throughout the morning have led forecasters to put in place a yellow weather warning for South West England where some parts could see as much as 30mm of rain.

Cornwall will be the worst affected area, the Met said, with Camelford, Wadebridge, Bodmin, Lostwithiel and Truro all set to be lashed by downpours.

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Western England will see cloudy conditions with occasional rain, heavy for a time in the morning for Northern Ireland. Mostly dry and bright elsewhere.

Heading into the evening, most areas will remain breezy. The outlook is chilly, but frost mainly limited to high ground. Further rain arriving into the far southwest.

Meanwhile, freezing conditions will continue to grip some parts of the UK today, with thermometers likely to plunge to as low as -3C in areas of Scotland.

It comes after bone-chilling temperatures of -9.9C were recorded in Braemar, north-east Scotland on Monday night.

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The recent cold snap has been linked to four deaths in the UK, with health chiefs warning the elderly to stay wrapped up as the wintery conditions bite.

A 57-year-old rough sleeper was found dead inside his tent yesterday in Wakefield, west Yorkshire.

In Scotland, a body was found early on Tuesday afternoon in the search for missing pensioner Helen Maider.

The 89-year-old went missing in the cold weather in the early hours in Bishopbriggs, East Dunbartonshire, and was last seen alive at 6am.

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In Berkshire, a pedestrian was struck by a lorry on the M4 westbound between Langley and Slough around 3.45am.

An hour later, another pedestrian was knocked down and killed by a HGV on the A34 near Winchester at 4.45am in foggy conditions.

Dr Emer OConnell, Consultant in Public Health at Public Health England, said: "Older people and those with heart and lung problems are at risk of getting sick in cold weather.

"Keep an eye out for those who may need help staying warm, ensure they wear lots of thin layers and have everything they need.

"Below 18 degrees, changes to the body mean that the risk of strokes, heart attacks and chest infections increase so heating homes to this temperature is particularly important to stay well."

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