Blanket of fog covers Britain after temperatures plummet overnight
Nov. 27, 2020
Frost and fog blanketed much of Britain this morning after temperatures dropped to below freezing overnight.
The mist is not expected to clear up until at least midday, with drivers urged to take care on the roads.
The Met Office said the frosty conditions may last through the day in some areas after descending on the country on Thursday night.
It means travel disruption is likely – though fewer people will be on the roads than normal due to restrictions on movement under the national lockdown.
The Met Office has issued a Yellow weather warning covering most regions of England and Wales and said central England and east Wales will be the worst affected.
The fog brought chilly conditions, with temperatures reaching lows of two degrees on Friday morning after plummeting below 0 overnight.
Temperatures dipped to -3.1°C on Thursday in Sennybridge in Wales and South Newtington in Oxfordshire.
With exercise one of the limited reasons why people can leave their home under current coronavirus restrictions, many Brits chose to brace the cold temperatures.
Images show people going for their morning runs, dog walks and bike rides despite the cold and foggy weather.
People have been advised to avoid travel as much as possible.
The Met Office said: ‘Friday morning will be grey and cold for many and there will be some freezing fog patches for some of us, these most widespread across central England and eastern Wales. Showery rain will affect northern Scotland but elsewhere some sunshine is possible in places.’
Conditions are expected to remain grey and chilly over the weekend.
Forecasters say Northern and central Scotland will mostly be fine and dry with some sunshine on Saturday but elsewhere will be mostly cloudy, breezy and feeling chilly on Saturday.
Most areas are expected to be cloudy and foggy on Sunday, with rain in the north heading southeast on Monday.
Forecasters believe the UK is on track for its coldest winter in eight years.
The Weather Company said that after a spell of milder winters, this coming December and January are set to be chillier.
Last year December was the warmest on record, while six of the winters between 2006 and 2019 were in the top 10 warmest winters on record.
However, this year could buck the trend.
Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations at The Weather Company’s Weather Channel arm, said: ‘People will get a shock after recent mild winters.
‘It looks like a close call for this winter to be 0.3C below average, which would make it the coldest winter since the early 2010s.
‘A colder-than-average December is favoured, with Arctic influxes from the north-west due to the jet stream’s position. ‘
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