A woman walks to work in freezing conditions on January 4, 2010 in London, England. The Christmas period has been the coldest for 25 years with temperatures as low as -17C being recorded in Scotland. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

It's bitter in the U.K. too. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

By Mark Memmott

It's so cold in England and Scotland that some elderly folks are buying cheap hardback books to burn in their stoves and fireplaces, the Daily Mail reports.

According to the newspaper, an old encyclopedia and other such tomes are much cheaper than coal.

As the BBC says, a "deep freeze" has settled in across the Atlantic, just as it has across much of the U.S. The news service says that:

Snow fell overnight in Scotland -- where temperatures were minus 15C (5F) in places -- in north Wales and northern England. Snowfalls of up to 30cm (12in) have been forecast for southern England. Forecasters say the band will stretch from west Berkshire to Dorset, and warn some areas may even see 40cm (16in) of snow on higher ground on Tuesday evening.

categories: Foreign News, Weather

12:25 - January 5, 2010