RECORD low temperatures have hit the region as the big freeze looks set to continue throughout the week.

Met Office officials have confirmed weekend temperatures plummeted to almost -10°C at the weather base in Hawarden, which covers much of the Flintshire and Wrexham area, easily surpassing the previous record low for November set more than 60 years ago.

More snow was expected to fall in parts of the county last night and very strong winds and low temperatures are forecast throughout the week, as much of North Wales remains covered in snow or heavy frost.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: “The previous coldest recorded temperature in November at Hawarden was -8.3°C in 1947. On Sunday night through to Monday morning at Hawarden it fell as low as -9.9°C.

“This week there will be low temperatures and strong winds. During the day, it may feel like it is about -8°C and we anticipate the cold conditions lasting throughout the week.

“We do not anticipate there being as much snow but expect there will still be more to come, particularly on Tuesday and Wednesday in areas of high ground.”

- THE big freeze is expected to get worse across the UK this week.

Forecasters warn of snow spreading inland as the weather front moves west, with some temperatures plunging as low as minus 20C.

The Arctic conditions have been caused by a combination of light winds, snow cover and clear skies.

Llysdinam, near Llandrindod Wells, saw Wales’ chilliest ever November reading on Sunday at minus 18C - although it rose yesterday to minus 12.9C.

- Due to the current weather conditions all council football and rugby pitches will be closed in Wrexham this weekend.