No relief for frozen Brits! Tonight the temperature will drop to -8C and it will remain icy on Monday
Temperatures will drop to -8C tonight and ‘freezing fog’ will remain until next week amid a yellow weather warning as parts of the UK wake up to bitter frost.
The Met Office has issued a warning covering most of England as commuters face sub-zero temperatures on Monday morning.
The forecaster has said the freezing fog could become so thick that visibility could drop as low as 50 meters in some parts of England.
The typical nighttime temperature for England in January is around 2°C, but will drop to -8°C on Sunday and Monday. In turn, it means it will take longer for the ‘freezing fog’ to dissipate, and the warning to motorists is likely to remain in effect.
A burst of golden hues fills the sky above the Couple sculpture in Newbiggin, Northumberland, this morning
A swimmer breaks ice on Hyde Park’s Serpentine Lake, which has frozen over as temperatures plummet
Conditions in northern England, Scotland and Wales, meanwhile, remain much milder, with temperatures reaching as high as 11°C this week – significantly higher than the average of around freezing for January.
A spokesperson for the Met Office told MailOnline: ‘Temperatures will drop below freezing on Sunday night with -8C as the minimum. On the way to Monday morning, the freezing fog will slowly disappear.
‘Outside of this fog, there will be sunny skies tomorrow morning, but it will remain very cold. As the day progresses, sunny periods increase from the east and it becomes cloudier.
‘For northern parts and Scotland, rain will mainly fall on slopes and hilly areas.
“In general, Tuesday will remain very similar with temperatures falling again overnight, but remain above normal in northern areas.”
Temperatures tend to be milder in the south and colder in the north of England and Scotland, but the current weather system is resisting that trend.
Joggers run in Ranmore in Surrey as freezing weather grips much of southern England
Temperatures in the south east of England hit almost -10C last night, with freezing conditions to last for the next few days
The Met Office has issued a warning covering most of England as commuters face sub-zero temperatures on Monday morning
This has been attributed to a change in wind direction to the northwest.
The Met Office’s yellow weather warning for fog warns: ‘Freezing fog will lead to difficult driving conditions and could cause travel delays in some areas on Saturday night and Sunday morning.’
It adds that journey times by car and public transport are likely to be longer than usual, with surfaces likely to be slippery than usual with a greater risk of injury.
The change will see an Arctic blast that has swept over the UK for the past five days giving way to warmer air from the Atlantic, but will take longer to reach southern areas.
Meanwhile, the British are bracing for a polar vortex February Freeze – having already battled the Troll from Trondheim in December and this week’s Nightmare from the North.
The same phenomenon helped cause 2018’s Beast from the East and the month-long Big Freeze in December 2010.
The Met Office said high-altitude polar vortex winds — which revolve around the North Pole and trap cold air in the Arctic — could ease significantly next week.
A domino effect is a weaker jet stream, usually bringing our mild westerly Atlantic breeze, opening the door for Arctic air to crash towards Britain, usually about two weeks later.
Colder temperatures than this week’s -10C pose a risk in mid-February, with a chance of snow again in many regions.
In fact, there’s a 25 percent chance that the polar vortex could weaken enough to trigger a rare phenomenon known as a “sudden stratospheric warming” (SSW), in which the high-altitude air of the North Pole suddenly warms, possibly with an even brighter mass of bitter low polar air towards the UK.
An SSW would be the first since January 2021 when it caused Britain’s coldest temperature in 26 years, -23C in Aberdeenshire.