The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for ice and urged motorists to be careful on the roads after overnight gales saw temperatures plummet across the country.

It comes after Storm Erik brought gusts of up to 80mph to the UK over the weekend, causing three deaths including a kitesurfer and two motorists.

A yellow weather warning for ice has been issued across northern Scotland until 10am on Monday, with the Met Office warning of injuries from slips and falls and the possibility of icy patches on untreated surfaces.

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After a showery band of rain and hill snow cleared the Scottish mainland on Sunday night, clearing skies led to a sharp fall in temperatures and some ice.

Further wintry showers are expected to follow across the Northern Isles and into the far north of Scotland, falling on subzero surfaces and maintaining icy stretches throughout Monday morning.

The end of the blustery and freezing conditions is in sight, however, with the Met Office predicting milder temperatures throughout the rest of the week.

“This morning there is plenty of dry and sunny weather around, however there are a few showers across northern Scotland which may be wintery, but they’re going to die out quite quickly,” Bonnie Diamond, a meteorologist at the Met Office, told The Independent.

“Otherwise it’s generally a settled week. There will be plenty of dry weather across the UK, the exception being western parts of the UK, which could see some spells of light patchy rain. It’s actually going to turn milder.”

Monday will see largely dry weather with sunny periods, as a band of cloud and showers across northern England clears south as the rain eases and showers across north Scotland also fading, the Met Office forecasted.

Frost and fog patches are possible overnight, especially in the southeast, and cloudier conditions are expected across Scotland and Northern Ireland, along with rain in the northwest.

Tuesday is likely to be mild with sunny patches for Wales and southern England. Northern areas will be cloudier, with outbreaks of rain spreading south and easing.

Sunshine and showers are set to follow, though it will be windy in the far north.

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The rest of the week is expected to be mild, especially across some northern parts. It is likely to be cloudy and windy, with some rain in the north and west which should clear by Friday. 

Sunny periods are likely elsewhere, the Met Office said, but overnight fog and frost is also predicted.

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