Weather forecast UK LIVE: Met Office warning as SEVERE fog blanketing Britain to cause travel chaos & DELAYED flights

Weather forecast UK LIVE: Met Office warning as SEVERE fog blanketing Britain to cause travel chaos & DELAYED flights

THE Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for fog, this evening and they cover parts of central and southern England until tomorrow morning.

The warning is for west Midlands, south west England as well as London and south east England and is set to last until 11am tomorrow.

The majority of the UK had been blanketed in “dense” fog, causing visibility to drop to less than 100 meters, the Met Office warned.

Ahead of the warning, the Met Office has advised people to expect slower journey times – with the possibility of delays to bus and train services, and delays or cancellations to flights. 

The Met Office have also said that 'there are also areas of low cloud affecting parts of the UK' this morning.

Read our weather live blog for the latest news and forecasts

  • Joseph Gamp

    Is it illegal to leave your car engine running to defrost your windscreen?

    If you leave your engine running while your motor is stationary on the road, it could land you in hot water.

    “Stationary idling” is an offence under section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, which means leaving the car running is off-limits.

    The Act enforces rule 123 of the Highway Code which states: “You must not leave a vehicle engine running unnecessarily while that vehicle is stationary on a public road.”

    So, defrosting your windscreen by leaving the engine and heating on is actually against the law.

    However, this law doesn’t mean you have to turn your engine off at every red light, as it is simply aimed at unnecessarily idling vehicles to help reduce noise and air pollution.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Further information on tonight's yellow fog warning

    Fog patches will reform during Thursday afternoon, particularly in river valleys and near lakes, and may become locally dense during the evening with visibility below 100 m in places.

    Fog is expected to become more widespread overnight and after dawn on Friday morning with further dense patches, before slowly clearing.

    However, a few patches may persist into the afternoon.

  • Joseph Gamp

    How to prepare for an Arctic Blast

    Prior to an Arctic Blast below are some things to do in order to prepare:

    • Schedule a furnace inspection to ensure your heat system will work
    • Fix up drafty areas in your home
    • Close your curtains
    • Prepare for a power outage
    • Ensure your pets have their food, medications, and whatever else they might need
    • Joseph Gamp

      Why flight delays are more likely in winter

      The Met Office says: “Fog, snow, ice and crosswinds mean that air traffic controllers have to increase the gap between planes that are landing, reducing the number of aircraft that an airport can manage.

      “The same weather can make it slower and more difficult for the planes to taxi between runway and terminal building. As many commercial flights are cruising more than five miles above the ground, they can be affected by different weather than we are experiencing on the ground.

      Safety is always the first consideration for the aviation industry. An aircraft that’s stood overnight in freezing weather will need de-icing before its first flight in the morning.

      “That’s a fairly big task for one plane but imagine the task at Heathrow on a snowy January morning. At the same time there are miles of taxiways and runways to clear.

      “Then think about the people who do this work getting to the airport – the same snow and ice are probably affecting the roads and railways.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      Pictured: Freezing cold morning over the Great Walk, Windsor

      This striking image below captures a cold, frosty and foggy start in Windsor, Berkshire.

      With all its majesty and splendour Windsor Castle peeks out of the fog during a crisp and frosty morning today at Windsor Great Park today.

      The Queen's deer had the picturesque Long Walk to almost to themselves as mist hung over the Royal residence following a night of freezing temperatures

      NINTCHDBPICT000704926951-1Credit: Hyde News & Pictures
    • Louis Allwood

      Fog patches to start the day

      Tomorrows weather will see fog patches mostly clearing by day leaving good sunny spells.

      The odd patch may linger over the Midlands. Again cloudier in the north with some rain.

    • Louis Allwood

      Cloudy start to the weekend for those in Manchester

      Cloudy Saturday with the chance of patchy drizzle.

      Any overnight rain will clear Sunday morning leaving a windy, bright and fresh day.

      Dry, but fairly cloudy and breezy on Monday.

    • Louis Allwood

      London's weekend forecast

      Largely dry Saturday and Sunday, but rather chilly and cloudy at times, with patchy mist and fog slow to clear in the mornings.

      Dry with prolonged sunny spells Monday.

    • Louis Allwood

      Kids left ‘frozen’ outside school

      Pupils at Bishop Heber in Malpas, Cheshire, can only wear a branded school jacket on school grounds, which, along with various items of clothing, would cost a family up to £100 per child.

      Photos taken by furious parents show staff walking around outside in warm overcoats while some children are just in jumpers, according to Cheshire Live.

      The school says it believes if children were allowed to wear their own coats, it would "erode the great relationships we have with the students", because they would push the boundaries and start to wear hoodies.

      One angry mum said her asthmatic son was put into isolation for retrieving his confiscated coat because he was cold.

      "They confiscated his [my son's] coat yesterday – outside – which I thought was absolutely ludicrous. He has asthma, which he is on constant medication for, so getting cold does him no good.

      "Because he went and got his coat back because he was cold, he has been put into isolation, that was his punishment.

      “Why would you take a coat off a child when you know they’ve got asthma?"

    • Louis Allwood

      Reminder of this evenings yellow warning

      There will be fog across large parts of England and Wales.

      The Warning is to come in to place from 5pm this evening until 11am Friday morning.

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      Early February forecast

      Conditions expected to remain broadly unsettled and changeable through this period with occasional spells of wet and windy weather moving across from the Atlantic.

      Western and northwestern parts likely to see the wettest and windiest conditions overall whilst eastern and southeastern parts probably seeing the most of any drier spells.

      Temperatures likely to be slightly above average overall throughout but there remains a possibility of short-lived colder spells.

      Colder spells likely to bring a risk of snow at times, though mostly over high ground in the north.

    • Louis Allwood

      Fog increases the chances of flight cancellations

      The Met Office says: “Fog, snow, ice and crosswinds mean that air traffic controllers have to increase the gap between planes that are landing, reducing the number of aircraft that an airport can manage.

      “The same weather can make it slower and more difficult for the planes to taxi between runway and terminal building. As many commercial flights are cruising more than five miles above the ground, they can be affected by different weather than we are experiencing on the ground.

      Safety is always the first consideration for the aviation industry. An aircraft that’s stood overnight in freezing weather will need de-icing before its first flight in the morning.

      “That’s a fairly big task for one plane but imagine the task at Heathrow on a snowy January morning. At the same time there are miles of taxiways and runways to clear.

      “Then think about the people who do this work getting to the airport – the same snow and ice are probably affecting the roads and railways.”

    • Louis Allwood

      Winter warmers

      Nike Tech Gloves – For those who like a bit of sports branding with their gloves, Nike’s grey tech gloves are a must.

      With a stylish three-tone knitted fabric — ideal for the cold weather — these feature touch-screen compatible thumb and fingers, as well as a silicone grip pattern on the palms and fingers which will help you keep hold of your phone.

      And with Nike’s unmistakable ‘swoosh’ detail, they’re an ideal gift for sports fans.

      The North Face Men’s Denali Etip Gloves – The North Face is a go-to brand for cold-weather gear, so you can always trust that its gloves will deliver.

      Inspired by the classic Denali Jacket from 1989, these Etip gloves are crafted from the same moisture-wicking soft fleece, with a silicone gripper and conductive technology in the palms to enable you to use your phone.

      With five-finger touchscreen capabilities, these are ideal for ‘proper’ scrolling — and the fleece is 100% recycled, making them a greener choice too.

    • Louis Allwood

      Frost and Fog due to set in this week

      Frost and fog is set for the latter end of the week, with freezing fog rolling across England and Wales, a spokesperson for The Met Office said.

      The forecaster told The Sun: “We’ve seen pretty much an average start to the month in terms of rainfall, we’re running at about 30 per cent of the average rainfall – we would usually expect to be at that value.

      “But high pressure building and fog will be the main problem.

      “It looks quite nice around the middle of the week, and Wednesday could be quite sunny – but there is an increasing risk developing of freezing fog on Thursday and Friday.”

    • Louis Allwood

      Australia hits unimaginable temperatures

      Onslow in Western Australia reached 50.7 Celsius today the Met Office have revealed which if verified would make it the hottest day on record in Australia.

      Unfortunately Brits are not so lucky with temperatures currently around 7 degrees in London.

    • Louis Allwood

      Manchester weather forecast for today

      A cold, grey start with some dense fog patches in places, especially in the south.

      The fog will lift to leave a fine day with some sunshine, although patchy low cloud will continue to bring foggy conditions over high ground. Maximum temperature 7 °C.

      Dry this evening and overnight with some clear spells, but with patchy low cloud over the hills.

      Skies remain clear as it will become frosty with patchy fog by the morning. Minimum temperature -2 °C.

    • Louis Allwood

      Struggling this winter?

      Winter fuel payments might be the answer.

      If you are a pensioner, you could get a winter fuel payment from the government of between £100 and £300.

      To qualify, you'll must have been born on or before September 26, 1955 and the date for this changes every year.

      Plus, you must also have lived in the UK for at least one day during the "qualifying week" which is September 20 to 26, 2021.

    • Louis Allwood

      UK weather outlook for Friday and Saturday

      Dry for much of the UK on Friday, but parts of northern and western Scotland will have patchy rain.

      Spells of sunshine in places, but areas of low cloud and fog may linger, and are likely to be more extensive that on Thursday.

      Dry for much of the UK on Saturday too, but with a fair amount of cloud.

    • Louis Allwood

      Forecast for January 27 – February 10

      This period is likely to see a gradual transition to more unsettled conditions.

      Heaviest precipitation is likely to occur across the northwest, particularly later in the period, whilst drier than average conditions are more likely to affect the southeast, particularly earlier in the period.

      Spells of strong wind are likely, particularly in the north. Temperatures likely to be slightly above average overall.

      Some colder interludes are still expected though, bringing a risk of occasional snow, most likely over northern hills.

    • Louis Allwood

      Forecast for January 12-21

      High pressure is expected across southern and central parts of the UK at the start of this period, bringing settled conditions and light winds, though it’s likely to be rather cloudy in some areas.

      Temperatures will be generally around average, but there is a risk of some colder nights with local frost and fog.

      Spells of rain, drizzle and stronger winds are likely further north, with temperatures near to or slightly above average here.

      Confidence decreases through the period, but a return to generally more unsettled conditions across the UK is likely later on, with western and northwestern parts expected to continue to see the wettest and windiest weather.

      Temperatures likely to remain around average.

    • Louis Allwood

      Frosty start for Cardiff

      The Met Office weather forecast for Cradiff predicts the fog will slowly drift leaving sunny skies for the majority.

      The Met Office said "A cold and frosty start with some dense fog patches in places.

      "The fog will lift slowly during the morning leaving sunny skies, however some places may stay chilly and misty even into the afternoon.

      "Maximum temperature 9 °C."

    • Louis Allwood

      UK outlook for today and this evening

      Fog patches over England and Wales clearing this morning, though the odd patch could linger through the day in parts of the southwest.

      Cloudier further N and breezy with some rain or drizzle at times.

      Fog forming Thursday evening in south, spreading up into parts of the Midlands overnight.

      Cloudier and milder further north with some rain in far north but winds easing.

    • Louis Allwood

      Advice for drivers whilst travelling in the fog

      • Avoid travel if possible
      • Drive very slowly with dipped headlights, full-beam lights reflect off the fog causing a ‘white wall’ effect
      • Keep an eye on your speed, fog can give the illusion of moving in slow motion
      • Use fog lights, but remember to turn them off when the visibility improves
      • Don’t hang on the tail lights of the car in front, rear lights can give a false sense of security
      • Watch out for freezing fog which is made of water droplets that freeze on contact with objects such as the pavement, road, car, etc. It can quickly form a layer of ice.

      What to expect from the fog

      The Met Office have said to expect:

      • Slower journey times with delays to bus and train services possible.
      • Difficult driving conditions with rapid changes to the visibility along routes possible.
      • There is a chance of delays or cancellations to flights.

      Multiple yellow warnings for fog this morning

      The Met Office have issued multiple yellow fog warnings for this morning with drivers warned to stay safe.

      The warnings are in place over Birmingham, Bath and Brighton and will remain up until 11am.

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