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Freezing fog hit Britain when the Met Office issued an ice warning


Freezing fog settled in London and parts of the southeast this morning after temperatures dropped well below freezing overnight – as a weather warning for ice over parts of the UK.

Temperatures dropped to -12 ° C in Scotland yesterday, with Brighton recording temperatures of -3 ° C overnight and London's mercury dropping to -2 ° C.

Freezing temperatures were followed by thick fog in the capital, including Beckenham and central London.

Frost and fog are expected to return in the south tonight, but the cold temperatures seen recently are expected to subside in the coming days.

It's coming to much of the country after a week of snow and ice – with a Met Office weather warning still in place.

Most of Scotland and Northern England have been warned to be careful because of ice on the roads. The Met Office warned that freezing temperatures could cause "some injuries from slips and falls," while there could be icy spots on untreated roads as well.

There are weather warnings for rain in western Scotland and snow in the Shetland Islands that will last until tomorrow.

Freezing fog lay over London on Sunday morning after temperatures in the capital had dropped to around -2 ° C overnight. The colder temperatures observed this week are likely to subside in the coming days

A layer of fog lay over Beckenham in south London, with temperatures falling below freezing in the capital and in the south-east and up to -3 ° C in Brighton

A layer of fog lay over Beckenham in south London, with temperatures falling below freezing in the capital and in the south-east and up to -3 ° C in Brighton

Fog and frost are expected to return to parts of the south, including London (pictured this morning) this evening, before the cold temperatures subside next week

Fog and frost are expected to return to parts of the south, including London (pictured this morning) this evening, before the cold temperatures subside next week

Ice weather warnings apply to Scotland today as well as parts of northern England including Teesdale (pictured this morning).

Ice weather warnings apply to Scotland today as well as parts of northern England including Teesdale (pictured this morning).

From Tuesday there will be no more weather warnings as it will be cloudy and mild with rain at times in southern and central England.

It comes after a man was seen in Ferryhill, County Durham covered in snow on Friday morning.

Self-isolated Stephen O & # 39; Sullivan, 44, spotted his neighbor Darren Ankers braving the cold to go skiing down the street with his wife.

He said, "You were supposed to be going to the Alps, but it was canceled so I think they thought this was the next best thing!"

England experienced its coldest winter night to date on Saturday evening. Redesdale Camp in Northumberland recorded overnight lows of -11.1 ° C, while Scotland recorded lows of -11.6 ° C in the highlands.

The British have been warned to be careful on icy stretches, which could create difficult driving conditions in much of the UK. Injuries from slips and falls are also a risk with a cold blast from Scandinavia and the Arctic.

Temperatures in the northern parts of the UK were expected to stay as low as -9 ° C early Saturday, with more snow falling over the Pennines, North York Moors and the Highlands of Wales, the Met Office said

Temperatures dropped to -12 ° C in the UK yesterday, with ice and snow still covering parts of the north, including the Summerhill Force waterfall in Teeedale, which froze this morning

Temperatures dropped to -12 ° C in the UK yesterday, with ice and snow still covering parts of the north, including the Summerhill Force waterfall in Teeedale, which froze this morning

Incredible scenes in Teesdale this morning show icicles hanging from Summerhill Force waterfall - but freezing temperatures are expected to subside in the days ahead

Incredible scenes in Teesdale this morning show icicles hanging from Summerhill Force waterfall – but freezing temperatures are expected to subside in the days to come

There was frost on the ground and mist settled over Wimbledon Common this morning as Britain saw the end of the week with freezing temperatures

There was frost on the ground and mist settled over Wimbledon Common this morning as Britain saw the end of the week with freezing temperatures

Temperatures dropped to around -2 ° C overnight in London, but joggers made their way to Wimbledon Common as they defied the elements this morning

Temperatures dropped to around -2 ° C overnight in London, but joggers made their way to Wimbledon Common as they defied the elements this morning

It is expected to rain south on Monday, and London will experience milder temperatures, according to the Met Office

It is expected to rain south on Monday, and London will experience milder temperatures, according to the Met Office

Fog over London today follows heavy snowfall that hit much of the UK on Friday, wreaking havoc on the roads as cars overturned, ambulance vehicles slid off the road and motorway traffic stalled

Fog over London today follows heavy snowfall that hit much of the UK on Friday, wreaking havoc on the roads as cars overturned, ambulance vehicles slid off the road and motorway traffic stalled

Some of London's tallest buildings were barely visible against the icy fog that settled over the capital on Sunday

Some of London's tallest buildings were barely visible against the icy fog that settled over the capital on Sunday

A yellow weather warning for ice now covers most of Scotland and northern England and extends just beyond Scarborough. There are warnings of rain in western Scotland and snow in the Shetland Islands

A yellow weather warning for ice now covers most of Scotland and northern England and extends just beyond Scarborough. There are warnings of rain in western Scotland and snow in the Shetland Islands

It follows heavy snowfall that hit much of the UK on Friday, wreaking havoc on the roads as cars overturned, ambulance vehicles slid off the road and motorway traffic stalled.

The Met Office warned that some areas of northwest Scotland could be exposed to flooding over the weekend due to heavy rain that is expected to hit the area on Sunday.

The forecaster Craig Snell told MailOnline that temperatures as low as -5 ° C and -7 ° C can be expected on the English-Welsh border and in the Midlands. The rest of the week felt less cold and drier in the UK.

Heavy snow hit much of the UK on Friday and wreaked havoc on the streets as cars overturned, ambulance vehicles slid off the road and motorway traffic stalled.

The British have been told to remain cautious as they venture into the dangerous conditions brought on Friday by the cold snap. Forecasters have warned that this could be the precursor to a blanket of snow and strong winds from Siberia, as last seen as a memorable beast struck from the east in 2018.

Although strict instructions are in place across the UK – with the exception of essential work – to contain the spread of the coronavirus, drivers have been warned to be careful on the roads as temperatures plummeted.

Forecasters predicted temperatures could drop as low as -7 ° C in England and Wales overnight, amid warnings that an animal from East II could move in. Image: Wimbledon Common on Sunday morning

Forecasters predicted temperatures could drop as low as -7 ° C in England and Wales overnight, amid warnings that an animal from East II could move in. Image: Wimbledon Common on Sunday morning

Families brave near-freezing temperatures on Wimbledon Common today as they set off for their daily exercise - one of the few reasons Brits are allowed to leave the house under current lockdown laws

Families brave near-freezing temperatures on Wimbledon Common today as they set off for their daily exercise – one of the few reasons Brits are allowed to leave the house under current lockdown laws

According to the freezing temperatures measured overnight, the fog lingered over Wimbledon Common until well into Sunday morning

According to the freezing temperatures measured overnight, the fog lingered over Wimbledon Common until well into Sunday morning

Ice warnings in northern England, including Teesdale, are in place for the UK this morning after a cold week

Ice warnings in northern England, including Teesdale, are in place for the UK this morning after a cold week

Self-isolated Stephen O & # 39; Sullivan, 44, spotted his neighbor Darren Ankers braving the cold to ski down the street

He said, "You were supposed to be going to the Alps, but it was canceled so I think they thought this was the next best thing!"

Self-isolated Stephen O & # 39; Sullivan, 44, spotted his neighbor Darren Ankers braving the cold to ski down the street

Pictured: A couple walk their dog through heavy snow in Harrogate, North Yorkshire yesterday after England recorded its coldest winter night yet

Pictured: A couple walk their dog through heavy snow in Harrogate, North Yorkshire yesterday after England recorded its coldest winter night yet

People on the frozen pond in Inverleith Park, Edinburgh, yesterday after Scotland recorded overnight lows of -11.6 ° C

People on the frozen pond in Inverleith Park, Edinburgh, yesterday after Scotland recorded overnight lows of -11.6 ° C

The Durham A1 was brought to a standstill on Friday and motorists had to endure hours of traffic jams due to problems caused during the snow, including a blocked truck.

Spreaders, snow plows and salt spreaders were on the road early Friday morning to make the asphalt as safe as possible. Drivers in the northeast were told to only get on the road when absolutely necessary as the weather was causing major traffic jams.

Highways England tweeted, “We are currently monitoring heavy snowfall which is causing disruption in the Durham area. Traffic officers and spreaders patrol the area. For delays of 60 minutes on the A1M going south, we advise drivers to only travel if necessary. & # 39;

In nearby Otterburn, Northumberland, a truck skidded around a tight corner and crashed through the barriers. It is pictured coming to rest on a steep bank, sloping slightly to one side, with part of its front side damaged.

Pictured: A man braves sub-zero temperatures to swim in the frozen Redbrook Reservoir on Marsden Moor near Marsden in West Yorkshire on Saturday

Pictured: A man braves sub-zero temperatures to swim in the frozen Redbrook Reservoir on Marsden Moor near Marsden in West Yorkshire on Saturday

COUNTY DURHAM: The A1 in County Durham was brought to a standstill on Friday. Motorists had to endure hours of traffic jams due to problems during the snow, including a blocked truck

COUNTY DURHAM: The A1 in County Durham was brought to a standstill on Friday. Motorists had to endure hours of traffic jams due to problems during the snow, including a blocked truck

NORTHUMBERLAND: A truck tipped over on the A68 in Otterburn, Northumberland on Friday where conditions were snowy on Friday

NORTHUMBERLAND: A truck tipped over on the A68 in Otterburn, Northumberland on Friday where conditions were snowy on Friday

Thames Valley Police, which covers Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, said: “Please be extra careful when driving this morning as some roads may be icy. If you are driving this morning, please completely de-ice your car windows, adapt your driving to the conditions, stay away from vehicles in front and allow extra time to travel. & # 39;

The Surrey Police warned that just because the roads are paved doesn't ensure they are completely ice-free! Drive safely and be aware that black ice is possible on roads. & # 39;

Will the beast from the east be back? Forecasters note the same "warming of the stratosphere" that caused chaos in 2018

The Beast from the East was the name for the icy winds that came to Britain from Siberia in late February 2018 and were caused by the temperature jump over the Arctic.

In the cold, temperatures dropped to -10 ° C in parts of the UK, bringing snow across much of the country. The weather in Brecon Beacons National Park was so cold that an entire waterfall was frozen solid.

16 people died in winter-related deaths, including a seven-year-old girl from Loos, Cornwall, who was hit by a car that slid on ice.

The cold spell was caused by a temperature jump high above the Arctic, which meteorologists call "sudden warming of the stratosphere".

The phenomenon that usually leads to cold spells in the UK starts 30 km in the atmosphere of the high altitude jet stream, which normally flows from west to east, bringing relatively warm and humid air from the Atlantic to the UK.

A disturbance hits the jet stream, pushing its waves towards the Arctic and reversing the stream from east to west. As the air over this area is compressed, it starts to heat up.

This creates high pressure over the North Atlantic and blocks the usual mild airflow that flows into the UK from the west.

Instead, colder air is being sucked in from the east over the British Isles, resulting in colder temperatures.

The same conditions that led to snowstorms three years ago are re-emerging high up in the atmosphere.

Dr. Richard Hall, an expert on SSWs from Bristol University, said he was loading the dice or guessing the odds in favor of another blast of heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures from Siberia.

The cold snap comes from the fact that the same conditions that led to snowstorms three years ago are supposed to re-emerge high up in the atmosphere.

The Sudden Warming of the Stratosphere (SSW) event occurs when the temperature in the stratosphere increases by 50 ° C. This "reverses" the UK's wind pattern, from the warmer west in the Atlantic to the east – and into Siberia.

It can take two weeks for the effects of a pregnancy week to be felt. Such was the case with the infamous Beast from the East in February 2018, which saw much of the UK suffer from travel chaos and school closings in heavy snow.

In the cold, temperatures dropped to -10 ° C in parts of the UK, bringing snow across much of the country. The weather in Brecon Beacons National Park was so cold that an entire waterfall was frozen solid.

16 people died in winter-related deaths, including a seven-year-old girl from Loos, Cornwall, who was hit by a car that slid on ice.

Dr. Richard Hall, an expert on SSWs from Bristol University, said he was loading the dice or guessing the odds in favor of another blast of heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures from Siberia.

A study by experts from the Universities of Bristol, Exeter and Bath shows how dramatic meteorological changes over the North Pole can have serious consequences for UK weather.

During an SSW, the stratosphere – the layer six to 31 miles above the earth's surface – can increase its temperature by up to 50 ° C within a few days.

This disturbance can travel to the earth's surface through the atmosphere and cause shifts in the jet stream, the fast-moving air currents that cool Europe.

British experts examined 40 episodes of stratosphere warming over the past six decades in the latest study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research.

Dr. Hall said that one SSW is "every two years in three" and one is "at the moment". In 2018 there was an SSW event two weeks before the & # 39; Beast from the East & # 39; Brought 50 cm of snowfall.

Dr. However, Hall said only two-thirds of SSWs make it to the surface and the current one could "just wear off".

He added: “The main area of ​​impact is over Siberia, where it gets very cold and then extends west towards Europe. We're on the verge of it and so minor deviations can affect when it reaches us. & # 39;

The phenomenon that usually leads to cold spells in the UK starts 30 km in the atmosphere of the high altitude jet stream, which normally flows from west to east, bringing relatively warm and humid air from the Atlantic to the UK.

A disturbance hits the jet stream, pushing its waves towards the Arctic and reversing the stream from east to west. As the air over this area is compressed, it starts to heat up.

This creates high pressure over the North Atlantic and blocks the usual mild airflow that flows into the UK from the west.

Instead, colder air is being sucked in from the east over the British Isles, resulting in colder temperatures.

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