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UK weather: Bizarre ice spikes pop up across Britain leaving people baffled

Christopher Nash spotted this fantastic example of an 'ice spike' this morning

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The strange icicles have formed in bird bowls and dog drinking bowls in gardens across the country - ahead of Met Office cold weather alerts for the weekend

Bizarre ice spikes that appear to defy gravity have left Britons across the country scratching their heads.

The strange icicles in bird baths and dog drinking bowls in people's gardens have popped up as forecasters warn Britain faces a deep freeze.

While long spears of frozen water dripping down from gutters are a common sight, the unusual upward pointing ice spikes are actually formed in milder weather.

They look like stalagmites but made of ice and wider.

Higher temperatures this week saw the odd phenomena form as water still froze but a breeze caused the ice to rear up into the air.

A rare ice spike spotted by Iain Dobson from Duirinish, western Ross-shire in the Highlands (Photo: Iain Dobson/SWNS)

But the spate of ice spikes will come to an end as chilly air sweeping in from Europe will hold large parts of the UK in an icy grip.

Many areas are on high alert as the latest cold snap threatens to bring treacherous conditions.

The Met Office has upgraded a Level 2 cold weather health alert across southern England to a Level 3 warning - urging people to take 'action'.

Countryside areas and seaside towns are likely to feel the freeze with the mercury plunging below zero overnight, while other parts will only see thermometers nudge 5C during daylight hours as the weather system marches north.

A rare ice spike spotted by Iain Dobson from Duirinish, western Ross-shire in the Highlands (Photo: Iain Dobson/SWNS)

Met Office forecaster Oli Claydon said: “We could see overnight lows of -5C in the south east with with temperatures of 5C or 6C elsewhere, sinking to -1C in rural spots.

“If showers materialise on Sunday and we dip to freezing overnight there could be an issue with icy roads into the start of next week.”

People are being urged to check on elderly and vulnerable neighbours and take extra care while driving.

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