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UK weather: Temperatures fall to -6C overnight amid Met Office fog warning

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Parts of southern England were placed on fog alert tonight after the Met Office warned motorists to watch out for ‘difficult driving conditions with rapidly changing visibility’.

Fog has been persistent in parts of Britain throughout today and is expected to thicken up during the evening as well as form in other areas, with visibility of less than 300ft (100m) at times.

The Met Office said in the warning, running from 5pm tonight until 6am tomorrow, that delays to trains and bus services were possible, while there was also a chance of disruption and cancellation to flights.

Temperatures were widely below 0C (32F) across England in particular at dawn today with the UK overnight low at Benson in Oxfordshire at -6.2C (20.9F), followed by Shawbury in Shropshire which fell to -5.2C (22.6F).

It comes after a bright night thanks to the Wolf Moon which peaked just before midnight and will be visible until tomorrow morning – the first of 12 full moons in 2022 that include the Worm Moon, Pink Moon and Beaver Moon. 

The Wolf Moon was named after wolf packs often heard howling outside North American villages in the depths of winter, according to the Farmer’s Almanac, a US periodical which first published moon names in the 1930s.

Trees poke out from fog rolling in around the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire this afternoon

Trees poke out from fog rolling in around the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire this afternoon

Drivers face difficult conditions in the fog on the A20 near Dover in Kent this morning amid a Met Office weather warning

Runners and walkers make use of the Long Walk near Windsor Castle in Berkshire this morning after a sub-zero night

Runners and walkers make use of the Long Walk near Windsor Castle in Berkshire this morning after a sub-zero night

Cooling towers at Ferrybridge Power Station are surrounded by fog in West Yorkshire this afternoon

Cooling towers at Ferrybridge Power Station are surrounded by fog in West Yorkshire this afternoon

Fog sits over field around the River Great Ouse at Ely in the Cambridgeshire Fens on a cold and frosty morning today

Fog sits over field around the River Great Ouse at Ely in the Cambridgeshire Fens on a cold and frosty morning today

A vehicle drives through heavy fog on Oakley Green Road near Fifield in Berkshire this morning

A vehicle drives through heavy fog on Oakley Green Road near Fifield in Berkshire this morning

A frosty morning at Woldingham in the Surrey countryside this morning after temperatures dropped below zero overnight

A frosty morning at Woldingham in the Surrey countryside this morning after temperatures dropped below zero overnight

A jogger runs through a frost-covered Hyde Park in London this morning after temperatures fell below zero overnight

A jogger runs through a frost-covered Hyde Park in London this morning after temperatures fell below zero overnight

Frosty fields at Woldingham in Surrey this morning after temperatures dropped below zero in much of England overnight

Frosty fields at Woldingham in Surrey this morning after temperatures dropped below zero in much of England overnight

The Wolf Moon is pictured in London overnight. The Wolf Moon was named after wolf packs often heard howling outside North American villages in the depths of winter, according to the Farmer's Almanac

The Wolf Moon is pictured in London overnight. The Wolf Moon was named after wolf packs often heard howling outside North American villages in the depths of winter, according to the Farmer’s Almanac

A cold and frosty morning in central London at St James's Park this morning

A cold and frosty morning in central London at St James’s Park this morning

Horse riders enjoy a bright morning on Wimbledon Common in South West London today

Horse riders enjoy a bright morning on Wimbledon Common in South West London today

The Met Office fog warning said: ‘Fog expected to thicken up and reform Tuesday evening leading to some difficult travel conditions. Slower journey times with delays to bus and train services possible. There is a chance of delays or cancellations to flights. Difficult driving conditions with rapidly changing visibility along routes.’

It added: ‘Fog has been persistent in places through Tuesday and is expected to thicken up here during Tuesday evening as well as form in other areas.

A fog warning in place from 5pm tonight until 6am tomorrow

A fog warning in place from 5pm tonight until 6am tomorrow

‘The fog will likely be dense with visibility of less than 100m at times. The fog will persist for many overnight before clearing from the northwest early Wednesday morning.’

It comes after thick fog blanketed much of the UK this morning and remained in place well beyond rush hour. An earlier Met Office warning for today covered most areas south of Scarborough and east of Manchester in the north, and east of Exeter in the south.

Temperatures dipped to near 0C (32F) overnight for many areas, meaning the fog could freeze on some roads.

Speaking about the earlier warning, Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said motorists should allow extra time for their journeys. 

He said: ‘The fog is going to be most widespread in southern, eastern England, into the Midlands and the east side of Wales too.

‘Not everywhere within that warning will be foggy, but the main message to drivers is to allow some extra time for your journey because there could be fog around.

‘It could have a knock-on effect on public transport, so there could be delays to bus journeys and train journeys. The fog will tend to clear as the morning goes on. It may linger on in a few spots, but towards lunchtime conditions should be much better.’

A close-up of the Met Office warning which tells of'difficult driving conditions with rapidly changing visibility along routes'

A close-up of the Met Office warning which tells of ‘difficult driving conditions with rapidly changing visibility along routes’

Twitter user Shane from North Wales posted this picture at sunrise today over frost-covered fields, saying it was'very cold'

Twitter user Shane from North Wales posted this picture at sunrise today over frost-covered fields, saying it was ‘very cold’

Sunrise over a frosty Hyde Park in London this morning after temperatures fell below zero overnight in much of England

Sunrise over a frosty Hyde Park in London this morning after temperatures fell below zero overnight in much of England

Frost covers the windscreen of a car in Kew, South West London , this morning as the capital wakes up after a sub-zero night

Frost covers the windscreen of a car in Kew, South West London , this morning as the capital wakes up after a sub-zero night

A swimmer puts their arms in the air as the sun rises over Sale Water Park in Manchester on a very cold morning today

A swimmer puts their arms in the air as the sun rises over Sale Water Park in Manchester on a very cold morning today

People watch as the sun rises over Tynemouth on the North East coast this morning

People watch as the sun rises over Tynemouth on the North East coast this morning

Mr Snell added that a combination of long winter nights, clear skies and still air can cause fog to settle. ‘When the air is quite still, there’s nothing to move the fog around so that’s why it becomes dense,’ he said.

‘This time of year, our nights are long so we don’t have the heat from the sun, and the ground starts to radiate heat from the surface. This creates a long period of cooling. It’s a mixture of clear skies, light winds and long nights.’ 

Meanwhile, patchy sunshine and cloud is expected in Scotland and Northern Ireland – and the Met Office said temperatures are around average for the time of year.

Overnight lows of 3C (37F) were predicted in Edinburgh, 2C (36F) in Belfast, 1C (34F) in London and 0C (32F) in Cardiff. 

Today, the mercury will hit 7C (45F) in London, 8C (46F) in Edinburgh and Cardiff, and 9C (48F) in Belfast.

The Met Office warned of disruption to flights, trains and buses as it issued a 17-hour weather warning until midday today

The Met Office warned of disruption to flights, trains and buses as it issued a 17-hour weather warning until midday today

Met Office meteorologist Aiden McGivern said: ‘A cold start to Tuesday across the UK – frost and fog fairly widely in many places, before cloudier skies tend to lift the fog and recover those temperatures later.’

Tonight will be a mostly dry evening however patches of mist and fog will soon reform and there will be large areas of cloud around, with thick cloud cover across northern Britain spreading southwards overnight.

Outbreaks of rain across Northern Ireland and Scotland will track southwards into northern England, before early patches of mist will lift and clear during tomorrow morning. 

It will then be cloudy with showers or outbreaks of patchy light rain and drizzle possible during the morning – and cloud and rain will clear southwards to reveal long spells of sunshine during the afternoon. 

Early mist on Thursday should clear, then it will be fine during the day with lots of wintry sunshine but cloud will build into Northern Ireland and northern Scotland. Early mist will then be slow to clear on Friday before a dry day.

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