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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FOG WARNING IN PLACE
Fog and freezing fog patches are expected to develop quite widely on Thursday night, with some of these becoming dense in places with very poor visibility.
This is most likely to affect parts of central England and east Wales, but other areas are also at risk.
Fog is likely to be slow to clear during Friday and may last through the day in some places which may lead to some travel disruption.
A yellow fog warning has been issued for parts of England and eastern Wales until 12pm Friday.
FRIDAY MORNING GREY & COLD
Friday morning will be grey and cold for many across the country.
There will also be some freezing fog patches for some, appearing most widespread across central England and eastern Wales.
Showery rain will affect northern Scotland but elsewhere some sunshine is possible in places.
TEMPS TO TUMBLE OVERNIGHT
Temperatures will tumble in many areas overnight, especially where skies stay clear, the Met Office warns.
It is already below freezing in parts of Wales and the Midlands and temperatures may fall to -4°C or -5°C in the countryside.
Freezing fog patches will form in places as well.
YELLOW WARNING: FOG
The Met Office has today issued a yellow warning for fog.
The warning covers most of central England and parts of eastern Wales.
The warning is in place from 8pm tonight until noon tomorrow.
The Met Office says travellers should expect delays to their journeys.
Some flight may also be delayed or cancelled.
YELLOW WEATHER WARNING ISSUED
A yellow weather warning has been issued for TONIGHT.
A severe fog warning is in place for central England and Wales from 8pm this evening.
We’ll bring you all the information on the latest weather warning.
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.”
NEXT 10 DAYS
The next 10 days will be foggy, mostly dry, with high pressure.
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.”
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.
‘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.”
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.
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