Weather LIVE – Temperatures to plunge NINE degrees as UK freezes by end of week

Weather LIVE – Temperatures to plunge NINE degrees as UK freezes by end of week

IT could be a white Easter this year as snow is on the way – following a gloriously warm end to February.

The Met Office says tomorrow will see highs of just 6C in London, which will actually feel like just 3C – down from highs of 13C today and yesterday.

Colder spells will grip the UK and are likely to remain until mid March, with Atlantic frontal systems introducing colder and wetter weather than usual for the time of year.

Met Office forecaster Graham Madge said: “A white Easter is more likely than a white Christmas.

“It’s possible that we could get snow in March, in fact, it’s more likely we will get snow in March than in December.”

Follow our weather live blog below for the latest news and updates from around the country

  • ENGLAND WAKES UP TO HEAVY FOG

    As warned by the Met Office, parts of south and eastern England have emerged from their homes to a foggy start this morning.

    With visibility down to just 100m, it has been tricky for pedestrians, joggers and of course motorists on Wednesday.

    The fog should lift by 10am.

    Very thick fog didn’t deter people from exercising on Wimbledon CommonCredit: Rex Features
    Motorists were taking precautions in the dense fog
    Motorists were taking precautions in the dense fogCredit: Rex Features
  • YELLOW WEATHER WARNING ISSUED

    The Met Office has this morning issued a yellow weather warning.

    It tweeted that there is heavy fog across parts of southern and eastern England, which is forecast to linger until 10am today (Wednesday).

    That means that visibility is reduced to just 100m ‘in places’.

    The Met Office has warned of thick fog
    The Met Office has warned of thick fog
  • TODAY’S FORECAST

    It’s set to be a damp and drizzly day today, with occasional rain in the south, a few heavy showers developing and possibly a rumble of thunder in the far south and south-west.

    Fog and low cloud will slowly lift later this morning, but it will remain dull and misty for many eastern parts of England.

  • FOG WARNING

    It’s set to be a very misty morning in the south of England today with a yellow warning of fog in place until 10am. 

    The warning covers the east of England, London and the south east as well as parts of the south west. 

    Some thick patches of fog will reduce visibility to 100m or less in places, with drivers advised to go carefully. 

    Expect slower journey times with delays to bus and train services.

    There is also a chance of delays or cancellations to flights.

  • WINTERS ARE CHANGING

    Dr Mark McCarthy is the head of the Met Office National Climate Information Centre. 

    He said: “Our winters are changing and as we have seen we can still receive cold snaps; it’s just that those extremes won’t be quite as cold or as frequent as they once would have been.”

  • WHEN IS HAY FEVER SEASON IN THE UK?

    Tree pollen occurs first, typically from late March to mid-May, and affects around 25 per cent of people.

    Most people are allergic to grass pollen (which actually has two peaks) and the season lasts from mid-May until July.

    Weed pollen can be released at any time but the season typically covers the end of June to September.

  • THURSDAY TO FRIDAY FORECAST

    It will be a touch cooler on Thursday but it will continue to be dull with cloudy skies and mist slow to clear.

    A few spots of light rain or drizzle, however most areas will remain dry.

    Friday will be generally dry but dull with cloudy skies however brighter and sunny spells will develop at times

  • LANCASHIRE SUNSET

    Another stunning sunset over Lancashire as people enjoy the last glimpse of sun behind Rivington Pike
    Another stunning sunset over Lancashire as people enjoy the last glimpse of sun behind Rivington PikeCredit: Mercury Press
  • FEBRUARY WAS MONTH OF TWO HALVES

    Dr Mark McCarthy, head of the Met Office’s National Climate Information Centre, said it was a month of two halves.

    He said: “February 2021 has seen a wide temperature range resulting from the two predominant weather patterns.

    “The first half of February saw some bitterly cold easterlies originating from Russia.

    “Recent days have seen the influence of air coming from the Canary Islands.”

  • COLD IS COMING

    Widespread frosts are set to take a firm hold with -5C nights on the cards amid the latest Arctic blast.

    Met Office forecaster Dean Hall said: “It’s going to turn much colder by the end of the week.

    “An Arctic air mass is moving in from Iceland, drawing in colder north easterly winds. It’ll lead to overnight frosts quite widely.

    “It will, however, remain dry and settled, just pretty chilly.

    “We’re looking at day-time temperatures for most of between 6C and 8C.”

  • TONIGHT’S FORECAST

    The Met Office said: “Low cloud becoming more extensive again, with some areas of thick fog developing across eastern and central England.

    “Clearer skies and frost in the north-west. Showers into south-western parts.”

  • FLOOD ALERTS IN PLACE

    25 flood alerts and one flood warning are in place across England.

    The one flood warning is expected in the River Burn from South Creake to Burnham Thrope.

    The alerts are mainly in the south and south east.

  • SUNSET RUN

    A runner jogs along the Liverpool waterfront during a hazy sunset this evening after another day of fine weather today
    A runner jogs along the Liverpool waterfront during a hazy sunset this evening after another day of fine weather todayCredit: Mercury Press

     

  • DULL START TO THE DAY TOMORROW

     A dull start to the day with thick cloud cover and early patches of mist and fog will be slow to lift and clear during the morning.

    Rather cloudy during the day although bright spells will develop for some.

    A threat of showers across Wales and southern and central England, some may be heavy.

  • TODAY’S WEATHER ROUND UP

  • HIGHEST AND LOWEST WINTER TEMPS BOTH SEEN IN FEB

    We have seen the highest and lowest temperatures of the winter season in February.

    Cold conditions from the east brought low temperatures down to the lowest of -23C at Braemar, Aberdeenshire, on February 11.

    The cold spell was followed by a southerly flow bringing warm weather from the Canaries and Africa leading to the season’s highest temperature of 18.4C at Santon Downham, Suffolk, on February 24.

  • THURSDAY TO SATURDAY FORECAST

    Showery rain clearing the south then fine and dry with sunny spells. Cold with some hard night frosts.

    Cloud and rain pushing into the far northwest later Saturday.

  • CHILLY NIGHT FOR MOST THIS EVENING

  • WEDNESDAY FORECAST

    Showers in south-west moving further north-east into Wales and central and southern England, some heavy towards the west.

    Low cloud and fog slow to lift across central and eastern areas.

  • THIS EVENING’S TEMPERATURES

  • SURFS UP!

    A Paddleboarder on the beach enjoying the warm hazy sunshine at the seaside resort of Sidmouth in Devon
    A Paddleboarder on the beach enjoying the warm hazy sunshine at the seaside resort of Sidmouth in DevonCredit: ©Graham Hunt

     

  • DAYS ARE GETTING LONGER

    Over the next week, we gain about 25 minutes of daylight.

    It may be still cold outside, but sunrise is getting earlier as we head towards summer.

    The days will continue to get brighter until the Summer Solstice on June 21, 2021.

  • ARCTIC AIR MASS MOVING IN FROM ICELAND

    Met Office forecaster Dean Hall said: “It’s going to turn much colder by the end of the week.

    “An Arctic air mass is moving in from Iceland, drawing in colder north easterly winds. It’ll lead to overnight frosts quite widely.

    “It will, however, remain dry and settled, just pretty chilly.

    “We’re looking at day-time temperatures for most of between 6C and 8C.”

  • EXERCISING BY THE SEA

    People out exercising on the busy seafront enjoying the warm hazy sunshine at the seaside resort of Sidmouth in Devon.

    Other areas of the UK have been experiencing cloudy conditions today.

    Temperatures have turned colder.

    People out exercising in Sidmouth, Devon
    People out exercising in Sidmouth, DevonCredit: ©Graham Hunt
  • WHEN IS HAY FEVER SEASON IN THE UK?

    Tree pollen occurs first, typically from late March to mid-May, and affects around 25 per cent of people.

    Most people are allergic to grass pollen (which actually has two peaks) and the season lasts from mid-May until July.

    Weed pollen can be released at any time but the season typically covers the end of June to September.

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