New research by wood burning stove specialists Glowing Embers has used the last 30 years of weather data to reveal the coldest day of the year for Bath, which could see temperatures drop as low as -6ºc.
Statistically, the coldest day of the year in Bath will be the 13th January; and the average coldest temperature throughout the country is a bracing -6.9 °C on 14th January.
Although -6ºc sounds pretty cold, the Bath area is lucky as some parts of the country have it even worse.
The coldest part of the UK, on average, is Scotland, with the mercury there dropping down to -8.9 °C; and their average coldest day is only four days into the New Year, on 4th January.
The Scots also take the prize for the coldest date ever on record, a positively glacial -27.2 in Braemar, Aberdeenshire on 10th January 1982.
Not far behind them is Yorkshire & Humber, freezing as wintry gales sweep the moors and bringing the temperatures down to an average -7.8 °C, on their coldest day of the year, 20th January.
Third and fourth chilliest are the South West (-7.7 °C on 13th January) and the North East (-7.3 °C on the 23rd January).
Wales, on the opposite end of the scale, averages a positively balmy -5 °C, on its traditionally coldest day of 17th January. It’s followed by the usually mild South East, which racks up (or down) a relatively moderate -5.4 °C.
“We’re not that blessed when it comes to mild winters,’ said Richard Fewings, Director of Glowing Embers.
“Admittedly, no one in their right mind would want to be outdoors in such freezing temperatures, which is why it’s so nice to stay in, and, if you’re lucky enough to have a wood burning stove, fill it with firewood and get cosy!”