BRITAIN is facing a bitter weekend as an icy polar blast sends temperatures plummeting across the country.
Freezing fog and thick frosts are on the cards but one silver lining is that it’s likely to remain dry for most of the country over the coming days.
There will be light winds with plenty of sunshine once the fog clears, though it will remain cloudy and dull in the south east.
The Met Office said: “Tonight will be one of the coldest nights of the season so far…. Away from the far southeast, where cloud cover may keep temperatures just above freezing, many of us will wake up to a frost on Thursday morning, with lows of -3C to -5C in some rural areas.”
“Certainly feeling colder on Thursday, especially where the fog persists throughout much of the day and a similar day to come on Friday,” he added.
Meanwhile BBC Weather warned “Overnight frost and locally dense patches of fog will become the primary hazards through the rest of the week, with Thursday night into Friday especially prone to both of these hazards.”
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LATEST WEATHER FORECAST
Here’s the latest weather lines from the BBC.
BBC Weather tweeted: “Dry for most this afternoon, with some sunshine although low cloud and fog may linger locally, particularly in Nothern England.
“The far South East will stay mostly cloudy.”
FOG FORMING THIS EVENING
Brits have been warned to take care this evening as fog patches start to form in many areas and look to continue overnight.
The Met Office said in a Twitter message: “Fog patches will form this evening before becoming more widespread overnight.
“Poor visibility is expected on Friday morning, giving difficult driving conditions in places and perhaps disruption to travel.
“Some of this fog will be freezing and may struggle to clear on Friday.”
CHILLY BUT BRIGHT START TO THE DAY
Swimmers pictured making the most of the stunning weather as the sea is bathed in the golden glow of sunrise at Langland Bay near Swansea this morning.
The swimmers braved the chilly weather and took a dip.
NEXT 10 DAYS
The next 10 days will be foggy, mostly dry, with high pressure.
THE WEATHER IN PICTURES
A low mist covers the fields in the Vale of Pewsey near to Marlborough in Wiltshire this morning.
WET AND COLD ON FRIDAY
The weather on Friday is set to be cold, with some rainy spells in Scotland, southern England and Wales later on in the afternoon.
Here’s the Met Office forecast for tomorrow: “Fog patches will be slow to clear, perhaps persisting in places, and feeling cold.
“Some rain for northwest Scotland, whilst also perhaps across southern England and Wales later.”
MAX TEMPERATURES WILL BE 9C TODAY
Here’s the latest update from BBC Weather.
“Temperatures will only really be about 4C or 5C, feeling quite cold today.
“There will be some sunny spells developing across most parts of the UK today.
“Maximum temperatures will be 9C today.”
Here’s a picture of the gorgeous mist this morning on a lake in Warwickshire.
The Met Office has predicted the UK could experience its most extreme nights of the season this week as temperatures plunge to sub-zero lows of -5C in some areas of northern Scotland.
Northern Ireland may shiver with lows of -4C, while Birmingham is expected to reach a bitter -3C.
Temperatures across Britain are set to plunge in the run-up to the weekend, with fog threatening to linger even into the afternoon in some parts of the country.
Here’s the latest weather map – showing how chilly it will be today.
‘RATHER CHILLY FOR MANY’ SAYS MET OFFICE
Here’s the latest weather lines for Britain today.
The Met Office said: “Most parts will be dry with light winds and sunny spells, though a few stubborn fog patches may persist.
“Cloudy in the far south, perhaps with a little rain at times.
“Rather chilly for many.”
And for tonight, the forecast is: “Some rain for northwest Scotland. Perhaps cloudy with a little rain in the far south of England.
“Turning frosty elsewhere with freezing fog patches, perhaps dense in places by dawn.”
FROSTY START TO THE DAY
There was heavy frost and mist for dog walkers today in the early morning in Abington Park, Northampton.
HIGH PRESSURE IN SCOTLAND TODAY
This morning will be very misty and foggy for the majority of Scotland, as high pressure is the “name of the game” today.
BBC Scotland’s Judith Ralston says that there will be frost and fog across central and southern Scotland, which should thin and break throughout the day.
There is also a risk of some icy patches in the country today.
SUNRISE THIS MORNING
Sunrise and morning mist from Glastonbury Tor, Somerset, on what is set to be a dry and crisp autumnal day.
DRY WITH SUNSHINE TODAY
Here’s the latest weather update from the Met Office
“Chilly with a frost in many places at first on Thursday.
“A few pockets of freezing fog as well and the odd patch may linger well into the day.
“Otherwise, many places will be dry with plenty of sunshine, although feeling colder than of late.”
FOG, FROST & SUNSHINE THIS MORNING
It’s set to be a cold start to the morning, with fog and frost across most of the UK.
The Met Office said: “Low cloud is keeping the temperature above freezing across the far south and southeast this morning.
“Elsewhere there’s a mix of fog, frost and some sunshine to start the day.”
HIGH pressure is due to cause sunny spells later today.
But parts of Britain will have to endure fog patches on Thursday.
Most parts of the UK are going to be dry and clear with light winds, according to the Met Office.
FROST AND FOG
FREEZING fog and frost will have Brits shivering this morning, the Met Office warned.
“A widespread frost forming – more widely than we’ve seen of late – and temperatures below freezing fairly widely, and some fog forming,” said Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern.
“Certainly feeling colder on Thursday, especially where the fog persists throughout much of the day – and a similar day to come on Friday.”
IT’S a much chillier start to the day than yesterday.
Temperatures in London and the south east will hover around 8-10C.
In Manchester, the mercury is not expected to rise above 5C, while in Belfast the temperature will be around 4C.
It will be even colder in Scotland, with Edinburgh’s temperature due to be around 2C.
FREEZING weather will blast Britain today sending the mercury plunging.
Fog is expected in parts of the country over the morning.
Thicker fog is expected by the end of the day, with drivers warned it may continue into Friday.
OUTLOOK FOR WEEKEND
High pressure is likely to linger over the UK and gradually shift eastwards from Friday.
Temperatures will be colder than normal but it will remain mostly dry.
A weak front is on the horizon which could bring some cloud and downpours to northern Scotland.
By Sunday, there is a chance of some rain spreading in to western areas as high pressure shifts away.
WILL IT SNOW ON CHRISTMAS DAY?
One of the burning questions among Brits is whether 2020 will bring a White Christmas in a bid to boost some festive cheer.
Well, Edinburgh and Newcastle are the most likely cities to see some snowfall on Christmas Day – standing at odds of 3/1 – according to bookmakers Ladbrokes.
Manchester is a 4/1 shot, while London is a bit of an outsider at 5/1.
RAILWAY STAFF IN TRAINING TO TACKLE FOWL TRESPASSERS AS WEATHER WORSENS
Railway staff in Wiltshire are being trained to tackle fowl trespassers on the line as the weather worsens.
With driving rain and gales up to 50mph forecast, there’s a feathered nightmare…short-sighted swans!
The barmy birds, flying overhead, are peering down in the murk and mistaking the dull-grey gleam of train tracks for a river and they’re crash-landing.
Now Network Rail staff in Wiltshire – which has a maze of rivers and streams – are getting training from a charity.
Specialist sessions from the Swan Sanctuary mean rail workers will no longer have to wing it when trying to get the birds off the tracks.
The Wessex Route, which runs close to the River Avon through Salisbury, sees as many as 20 swans cause disruption each year.
PANDEMIC HAD LITTLE IMPACT ON CO2 RISE IN ATMOSPHERE
Lockdowns across the world in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis have had little effect on the rise of CO2 concentrations, the World Meteorological Organisation has said.
Despite carbon emissions plummeting as the world was plunged into lockdown – leading to a fall in carbon emissions – the drop has done little to slow the overall rise in concentrations.
Carbon emissions dropped to 17% at the peak of the pandemic but the WMO says there is still plenty of work to do.
WMO secretary general Prof Petteri Taalas said: “The lockdown-related fall in emissions is just a tiny blip on the long-term graph.
“We need a sustained flattening of the curve.”