Freezing fog patches are covering most of England today bringing the risk of travel chaos with them – as Londoners woke up to freezing temperatures this morning with experts predicting Britain is facing its coldest ever December.
The warning, which was issued in the early hours of this morning, stretches from the South coast, through the Midlands, all the way up to Hull.
It warned: ‘With increased traffic volumes, some transport disruption is possible. The fog will slowly lift during the day but will persist in a few places.’
Temperatures were around freezing as Brits woke up this morning, after the mercury dropped to -4.9C in Tyndrum, Scotland, overnight.
Fog remains over large swathes of England today, including in London this morning. Visibility could drop to less than 100m in some areas, the Met Office has warned
A weather warning for freezing fog is in place until 11am, stretching from the South coast to Hull, with heavy rain warnings in place for parts of Scotland from this evening
Leon Brown, from the Weather Channel, told
The Met Office’s forecast today reads: ‘Some coastal showers, else most parts dry. Some sunny spells, but freezing fog patches slow to clear, and persisting in places.Turning wet and windy over northern and eastern Scotland later. Cold.’
Elsewhere in Britain, a yellow weather warning for rain is in place for Scotland.
Fog is expected to persist into Tuesday, with a frosty start for England, while rain and showers are predicted in the North, as well as Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Fog rests over London this morning as weather expert Leon Brown warned December could be the coldest on record for Britain
As England awoke to heavy fog, the Met Office released a weather warning for Scotland as up to 50mm of rain could fall in 24 hours by Tuesday night
Up to 50mm of rain is expected to fall between 6pm on Monday and 9pm on Tuesday.
Announcing the warning on Sunday morning, The Met Office said: ‘An area of persistent and heavy rain will spread in from the east on Monday evening, lasting much of the night before turning showery on Tuesday. 20-30 mm will fall quite widely across the area with some hilly areas possibly catching 40-50 mm.
‘Further showers through the day could bring another 10-15 mm in places. With the ground already saturated this is likely to lead to flooding in a few areas.’
Fog is expected to persist on Tuesday as the Met Office predicts rain and showers in the North and in Wales, while southern England will remain cold, with frosty starts.
Britain’s forecast from Wednesday to Friday reads: ‘Fine and dry for many on Wednesday before outbreaks of rain gradually edge in from the west on Thursday and again on Friday. Gradually becoming a little milder.’
The Environment Agency has issued 24 flood alerts for parts of East Anglia, the Midlands and the North West.