Sea freezes into slush on south coast as UK gripped by icy temperatures

The unusual phenomenon was recorded near Whitstable, Kent as the thermometers plunged following a sudden cold snap

Sub zero temperatures have caused the sea to freeze into slush on England’s South Coast.

A video shows the ‘surreal’ scene as the sea near Whitstable, Kent, solidifies as it laps onto the beach, forming a slushy ice.

Barry Thompson, from Seasalter in Kent, was walking along the beach at about 9am on Monday when he stumbled across the spectacular sight.

The 49-year-old said: “It’s quite a surreal thing to see because everything seems to be moving much slower.

“It was a very surreal experience, given the lack of wind and yet extreme cold, especially the sound of the ice cracking all along the beach.

“For the most part it’s quite still – there are no major waves or anything.

“We walk the dogs along the beach at Seasalter every morning, and I’ve lived here nine years.

I’ve seen similar weather in Connecticut in America, United States but this is the first time I have seen the sea at Whitstable freeze.”

The Met Office has expanded its yellow warning as icy conditions continue to affect much of the UK.

Forecasters have warned ice will form in places later this afternoon and overnight into Wednesday, especially where wintry showers leave surfaces wet.

Further hail, sleet and snow showers are also on the way as temperatures struggled to get much above freezing

A Met Office yellow warning for ice came into force at 4pm and continues until 11am on Wednesday, covering much of the country.