Fog to cause travel issues with risk of colder spell - latest Met Office verdict

By Brett Gibbons

A blanket of dense fog could cause widespread travel disruption across a large part of the country with a severe weather warning in place..

The latest Met Office alert urgent warning covers huge swathes of western England, stretching eastwards towards the Midlands and Home Counties. There could even be patches as far north as Manchester and Merseyside and the warning remains in place from 5pm on Thursday until 11am the following day..

Fog will form this evening in the south, spreading up into parts of the Midlands overnight. It will be cold in the south, but milder further north with some rain.

Friday will start foggy in some places but will leave some good sunny spells when it eventually clears - although the odd patch may linger in the Midlands.

The warning states: "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 100m 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."

The weekend will be largely calm and settled in the south, cold at first with mist and fog on Saturday morning but becoming clearer later. It will be cloudy and windy but mild in the north

Forecaster Brian Gaze, of The Weather Outlook, predicted there could also be fog patches in Wales from Friday.

He added: "Most of the UK remains dry, although outbreaks of rain remain a risk in the far north west. Temperatures generally close to the mid January norm in much of the country, but it will be very cold where fog is slow to lift. Milder in the northern half of Scotland. Frost returns overnight in much of England and Wales.

"Nothing really changes on Saturday. Therefore, most of the UK remains dry, but there could still be drizzle or light rain in the far north west. Temperatures close to the mid January average in much of the UK, but where fog lingers it will be cold or very cold.

"Through Sunday and the early part of next week should stay dry in much of the UK, but the risk of rain remains greater in the north west. Quite cold in the south with patchy nighttime frost and fog."

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