Freezing fog grips UK: Met Office warns icy mist risks travel chaos and flight cancellations

Britain is set for icy mist during rush-hour this morning that risks travel chaos and flight cancellations after the mercury dipped to -4C (24F) in parts of England overnight.

The Met Office issued a yellow warning for fog across parts of the West Midlands, as well as the south west and south east of England, lasting until 11am today. Cities affected include Bath, Worcester, Gloucester and Brighton. 

It said: ‘Areas of fog have formed overnight and will be slow to clear in places Thursday morning – perhaps bringing some travel disruption.’

The weather service also warned of slower journey times with possible delays to bus and train services, difficult driving conditions with potentially rapid changes to visibility and the chance of delays or cancellations to flights.

But the mist will later lift and give way to a dry and sunny day for many in the south, as high pressure dominates the weather over the next week or so, it added.

Over the past 24 hours, temperatures as low as -4C (24F) have been recorded in Marham, Norfolk, while Chillingham in Northumberland saw highs of 12C (54F).

Meanwhile, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has put a Level 2 cold weather alert in place and encouraged people ‘to stay warm and look out for those most at risk from the effects of cold weather’. 

It comes amid a risk of freezing conditions from tomorrow until Monday, with temperatures continuing to plummet to -4C (24F) in parts of the country and people urged to check on their vulnerable neighbours. 

St Peter’s Parish Church is shrouded in fog as the sun rises in Lancashire on Wednesday. The Met Office issued a yellow fog warning across parts of the West Midlands, as well as the south west and south east of England, lasting until 11am today

The weather service also warned of slower journey times with possible delays to bus and train services, difficult driving conditions with potentially rapid changes to visibility and the chance of delays or cancellations to flights

The weather service also warned of slower journey times with possible delays to bus and train services, difficult driving conditions with potentially rapid changes to visibility and the chance of delays or cancellations to flights

The Met Office tweeted out the latest satellite image (pictured above), saying it 'picks out the fog quite well this morning', adding that it should be noted there are 'also areas of low cloud affecting parts of the UK'

The Met Office tweeted out the latest satellite image (pictured above), saying it ‘picks out the fog quite well this morning’, adding that it should be noted there are ‘also areas of low cloud affecting parts of the UK’

The Met Office tweeted last night: ‘Cloud making all the difference tonight. Where skies clear we will see frost and fog. Where clouds remain it will stay mild.’

In a later post, it added: ‘Fog patches will lead to some tricky travelling conditions Thursday morning – take extra care.’ 

From Thursday afternoon, the weather service is warning that the West Midlands, East Midlands, East of England, London, South East England and South West England regions will experience cold weather.

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Dan Rudman said: ‘Temperatures in central and southern England are expected to trend downwards from Thursday.

‘Overnight minimum temperatures possibly getting to -4C in some rural areas, but widespread below-freezing conditions elsewhere overnight in the following days.

‘This will result in some harsh frosts and possible freezing fog in some places.

‘Temperatures will stay subdued through the next few days from Thursday in the alerted areas, with highs likely to remain in the mid-to-low single figures through the weekend, especially in places where any fog or low cloud lingers throughout the day.’

Agostinho Sousa, Consultant in Public Health Medicine at UKHSA, added: ‘As we continue to experience very low temperatures this winter it’s important to remember to check on those who are more vulnerable to cold weather, such as elderly or frail friends and family, especially if they live alone or with a serious illness.’  

Rowers train at sunrise on Wednesday morning on the River Cam in Cambridge. Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Dan Rudman said: 'Temperatures in central and southern England are expected to trend downwards from Thursday'

Rowers train at sunrise on Wednesday morning on the River Cam in Cambridge. Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Dan Rudman said: ‘Temperatures in central and southern England are expected to trend downwards from Thursday’

People run along the banks of the River Cam in Cambridge at sunrise yesterday. Agostinho Sousa, Consultant in Public Health Medicine at UKHSA, advised people to wear shoes with good grip if they need to go outside during the cold weather

People run along the banks of the River Cam in Cambridge at sunrise yesterday. Agostinho Sousa, Consultant in Public Health Medicine at UKHSA, advised people to wear shoes with good grip if they need to go outside during the cold weather

A man walks through Sefton Park in Liverpool yesterday. Bookmaker Coral has made it odds on at 4-5 that the UK will record its coldest January ever, while also making it even shorter odds of 1-2 on snow falling in London this month

A man walks through Sefton Park in Liverpool yesterday. Bookmaker Coral has made it odds on at 4-5 that the UK will record its coldest January ever, while also making it even shorter odds of 1-2 on snow falling in London this month

A man walks his dog early this morning in Sefton Park, Liverpool. The Met Office's Dan Rudman said: 'Overnight minimum temperatures possibly getting to -4C in some rural areas'

A man walks his dog early this morning in Sefton Park, Liverpool. The Met Office’s Dan Rudman said: ‘Overnight minimum temperatures possibly getting to -4C in some rural areas’

She said the ‘most vulnerable’ should heat their homes to at least 64F (18C) particularly if they have reduced mobility, are 65 and over, or have a health condition. 

She also advised people to wear shoes with good grip if they need to go outside during the cold weather. 

Met Office spokesperson Stephen Dixon told Metro he was not expecting widespread snow, but for a light dusting on high grounds in Scotland, which is expected at this time of year.

Meanwhile, Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead said: ‘With January still yet to reach its third week and temperatures forecast to sink extremely low as the month progresses, we now make it odds on to be the UK’s coldest ever.’

He added: ‘Londoners can expect snow this month with the white stuff falling firmly odds on according to our odds.’  

A cyclist rides through Sefton Park in Liverpool yesterday. With the cold weather arriving as Britons face a crushing cost-of-living crisis, the Government advised people to heat the living room during the day and the bedroom while going to sleep

A cyclist rides through Sefton Park in Liverpool yesterday. With the cold weather arriving as Britons face a crushing cost-of-living crisis, the Government advised people to heat the living room during the day and the bedroom while going to sleep

Lorries queue in the fog on the A20 into Dover Port on Tuesday in Dover. The fog warning comes amid a risk of freezing conditions from this Thursday until next Monday, with temperatures set to plummet as low as -4C (24F) in parts of the country

Lorries queue in the fog on the A20 into Dover Port on Tuesday in Dover. The fog warning comes amid a risk of freezing conditions from this Thursday until next Monday, with temperatures set to plummet as low as -4C (24F) in parts of the country

Meanwhile, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) put a Level 2 cold weather alert in place and encouraged people 'to stay warm and look out for those most at risk from the effects of cold weather'. Pictured: Heavy fog in the New Forest, Hampshire

Meanwhile, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) put a Level 2 cold weather alert in place and encouraged people ‘to stay warm and look out for those most at risk from the effects of cold weather’. Pictured: Heavy fog in the New Forest, Hampshire

With the cold weather arriving as Britons face a crushing cost-of-living crisis, including increased costs on heating bills, the Government advised people to heat the living room during the day and the bedroom while going to sleep ‘if people can’t heat all the rooms they use’. 

The UKHSA, which issued the cold weather alert, added: ‘Wearing a few thin layers is better at trapping heat than wearing one thick layer. 

‘Having plenty of hot food and drinks is also effective for keeping warm.’ 

The predicted cold weather comes after Britons experienced a milder than usual start to the year and follows the UK’s warmest ever New Year’s Day when St James’s Park in London registered 16.3C (61.3F), beating the previous record of 15.6C (60.1F) set in Bude, Cornwall, set more than a century ago in 1916.

And that came after the country’s mildest New Year’s Eve on record the day before when Merryfield in Somerset reached 15.8C (60.4F), beating the previous high of 14.8C (58.6F) set in 2011 at Colwyn Bay in North Wales. 

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