Weather forecast today – Met Office 'severe' cold alert as UK set for 48-hour snow bomb and -5C temperatures next week

BRITAIN is bracing for a 48-hour snow bomb to hit next week with temperatures plunging to -5C thanks to an icy polar blast.

Temperatures will nosedive this weekend with the chilliest nights of the winter expected so far.

A level 2 "severe" cold weather alert has also been raised by the Met Office, meaning there will be danger to life as frigid temperatures pose serious health risks to vulnerable Brits.

Temperatures will drop well below freezing early next week as the UK prepares for a cold December.

A 48-hour snow flurry is forecast to follow the freeze next Thursday, starting in Scotland before covering north-east England and spreading to the south-east.

Up to 5cm of snow is expected across Scotland, Wales and the south of England on Thursday, while some areas are expected to reach -5C by Friday.

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  • Jon Rogers

    CHILLY CONDITIONS

    Not only will most of England see some thick fog but temperatures are set to remain on the chilly side for most of the day.

    The fog is predicted to blanket Britain and led to temperatures dropping to -5C overnight.

    The Met Office forecast for Friday says: “Early fog and low cloud slow to clear from some areas and lingering all day over parts of Wales and central and eastern England."

  • Jon Rogers

    FOGGY NOTION: ENGLAND UNDER BLANKET OF FOG

    Most Brits got today underway beneath of blanket of fog which is expected to linger for some time.

    The Met Office is expecting the conditions to last until midday and have issued a yellow weather warning.

    It said widespread dense fog would develop throughout the morning and journeys could be disrupted.

  • Patrick Joseph DUGGAN

    WEATHER WARNING

    A YELLOW weather warning is in place for fog across much of England today.

    Commuters are warned to expect slower journey times or delays to their journeys.

    There is a chance of delays or cancellations to flights, The Met Office warned.

  • Patrick Joseph DUGGAN

    FOGGY BRITAIN

    FOG is most widespread through central and southern England.

    Temperatures today will hover at around 7C or 8C across the UK, with average temperatures in the North of England dipping to 6C.

    Across the South of England, the mercury will nudge up to an average of 8C.

  • Patrick Joseph DUGGAN

    CHILLY START

    IT'S a chilly start to the day with fog enveloping parts of the country.

    Early fog and low cloud will linger over parts of Wales and central and eastern England.

    There will be rain at times in parts of northern and central Scotland.

  • Samantha Lock

    FRIDAY OUTLOOK

    It will be a dry but dull start to the day with early patches of mist and fog which will be slow to clear and will linger for much of the day.

    Cloud will continue throughout the day, although a few brighter spells will develop at times. Outbreaks of light rain and drizzle across Scotland and southern England are expected.

    An overcast evening is forecast with cloudy skies and there will be outbreaks of drizzle and light rain across Scotland and southern England which will push northwards.

    Overnight will continue cloudy with patches of mist and fog forming.

  • Samantha Lock

    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.

  • Samantha Lock

    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.

  • Samantha Lock

    FOG & FROST FOR FRIDAY

     

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  • Samantha Lock

    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.

  • Jon Rogers

    PATCHY LIGHT RAIN TONIGHT

    The extremes of the UK could see some patchy, light rain tonight.

    Both the furthest parts of south-east England and the extremes of north-west Scotland could be affected, the Met Office says.

    Most parts though will stay dry with some areas becoming cloudy later on.

     

  • Jon Rogers

    MORE FOG ON FRIDAY

    The Met Office has another yellow warning in place for fog on Friday.

    Most of central England and eastern Wales will be affected and could cause delays to journeys.

    Some flights could also be delayed or cancelled.

     

  • Jon Rogers

    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.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    YELLOW FOG WARNING TONIGHT: MAP

    Here's a map of all the areas affected by tonight's severe fog warning.

    The East Midlands, East of England, London, the South East, the North West, the South West, Wales, the West Midlands, and Yorkshire are all areas which will be affected by the freezing fog.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    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.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    READY FOR XMAS

    A red deer was caught lifting its hoof towards a member of the public as they enter their car in the Highlands, Scotland, on a very chilly day.

    Credit: Getty Images – Getty
  • Claudia Aoraha

    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."

  • Jon Rogers

    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."

  • Claudia Aoraha

    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.

    Credit: Alamy Live News
  • Claudia Aoraha

    NEXT 10 DAYS

    The next 10 days will be foggy, mostly dry, with high pressure.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    THE WEATHER IN PICTURES

    A low mist covers the fields in the Vale of Pewsey near to Marlborough in Wiltshire this morning.

    Credit: PA:Press Association
  • Claudia Aoraha

    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."

  • Claudia Aoraha

    SCRAPE YOUR WINDSCREENS!

    Laura Tobin, weather presenter and meteorologist for Good Morning Britain, tweeted this morning: "Brr. It's a cold start this morning.

    "You might need to scrape your windscreens."

  • Claudia Aoraha

    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."

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