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UK weather forecast – Met Office travel chaos warning as 'dense' freezing fog engulfs country & Brits urged to stay warm

THE Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for 'dense fog patches', which are set to last until 11am today in parts of central and southern England.

Ahead of the warning, the Met Office has advised people to expect slower journey times – with the possibility of delays to bus and train services, and delays or cancellations to flights. 

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has put a Level 2 cold weather alert in place amid a risk of freezing conditions from this Thursday until next Monday.

Temperatures are set to plummet as low as -4C (24F) in parts of the country.

Read our weather live blog for the latest news and forecasts

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    How will the month end?

    Conditions expected to remain broadly unsettled and changeable through this period with occasional spells of wet and windy weather moving across from the Atlantic.

    Western and northwestern parts likely to see the wettest and windiest conditions overall whilst eastern and southeastern parts probably seeing the most of any drier spells.

    Temperatures likely to be slightly above average overall throughout but there remains a possibility of short-lived colder spells.

    Colder spells likely to bring a risk of snow at times, though mostly over high ground in the north.

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    When is it too cold to go to work?

    Snow and ice have reappeared across Britain after a record mild spell to start the new year.

    And though everyone loves a snow day, there’s unfortunately no guarantee of a day off school or work just because it’s snowing.

    There is also no specific law around minimum or maximum working temperatures, although there are guidelines.

    If it is safe and reasonable to travel to work, then you should do so.

    But if it isn’t safe, contact your employer and check the company handbook.

    Keep in mind that government guidance in all four UK nations currently advises you should work from home if it’s practical, too.

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    Frost and Fog due to set in this week

    Frost and fog is set for the latter end of the week, with freezing fog rolling across England and Wales, a spokesperson for The Met Office said.

    The forecaster told The Sun: “We’ve seen pretty much an average start to the month in terms of rainfall, we’re running at about 30 per cent of the average rainfall – we would usually expect to be at that value.

    “But high pressure building and fog will be the main problem.

    “It looks quite nice around the middle of the week, and Wednesday could be quite sunny – but there is an increasing risk developing of freezing fog on Thursday and Friday.”

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    Best touch screen gloves to wear in the winter

    Nike Tech Gloves – For those who like a bit of sports branding with their gloves, Nike’s grey tech gloves are a must.

    With a stylish three-tone knitted fabric — ideal for the cold weather — these feature touch-screen compatible thumb and fingers, as well as a silicone grip pattern on the palms and fingers which will help you keep hold of your phone.

    And with Nike’s unmistakable ‘swoosh’ detail, they’re an ideal gift for sports fans.

    The North Face Men’s Denali Etip Gloves – The North Face is a go-to brand for cold-weather gear, so you can always trust that its gloves will deliver.

    Inspired by the classic Denali Jacket from 1989, these Etip gloves are crafted from the same moisture-wicking soft fleece, with a silicone gripper and conductive technology in the palms to enable you to use your phone.

    With five-finger touchscreen capabilities, these are ideal for ‘proper’ scrolling — and the fleece is 100% recycled, making them a greener choice too.

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    £100 for not wearing correct shoes whilst driving in the winter

    Thicker boots may keep your feet warm in the snow but they could get you into trouble and you with a heavy fine if you drive in them.

    While wearing inappropriate shoes to drive isn’t technically illegal, careless driving due to unsuitable footwear can get you into trouble.

    Rule 97 of the Highway Code states that before heading off on a drive, you must ensure that “clothing and footwear do not prevent you using the controls in a correct manner”.

    If you are stopped by the police for careless driving and they decide your footwear caused the problem, you can face up to a £100 on-the-spot fine plus penalty points on your licence.

    If you do need heavier boots for snow or cold weather conditions when you’re out and about, it’s best to take an additional, safer pair of shoes to drive in too.

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    Is it illegal to leave your car engine running to defrost your windscreen?

    If you leave your engine running while your motor is stationary on the road, it could land you in hot water.

    “Stationary idling” is an offence under section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, which means leaving the car running is off-limits.

    The Act enforces rule 123 of the Highway Code which states: “You must not leave a vehicle engine running unnecessarily while that vehicle is stationary on a public road.”

    So, defrosting your windscreen by leaving the engine and heating on is actually against the law.

    However, this law doesn’t mean you have to turn your engine off at every red light, as it is simply aimed at unnecessarily idling vehicles to help reduce noise and air pollution.

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    What is the penalty for leaving your car with its engine running?

    If you are caught by police while using this method, you will be given a fixed £20 fine – or £40 if not paid within a certain time frame.

    But never mind the police, leaving the engine going to warm it up or defrost your windscreen while you pop back inside makes your vehicle the ideal target for opportunistic thieves.

    Should your car be stolen in this way, it is more than likely your insurance company will refuse to pay out on your loss, as you have invalidated your insurance by acting in a way which significantly increased the risk of your car being stolen.

    Instead, try other ways of defrosting your windscreen, such as poring a solution of water with a teaspoon of salt over any icy areas.

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    Top tips on defrosting your windscreen during the winter

    Mix up a solution of water with a teaspoon of salt and pour it over icy areas

    A mixture of three parts of vinegar to one part of water will also do the trick

    DON’T pour boiling water onto frozen car windows

    DON’T use anything other than a car-specific scraper to remove the frost

    Prevent windscreen frost by soaking an old towel in a solution made up of water and table salt, or a mix of one part of water and two parts of alcohol, then place it over your car windows the night before.

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    Advice for drivers whilst travelling in the fog

    • Avoid travel if possible
    • Drive very slowly with dipped headlights, full-beam lights reflect off the fog causing a ‘white wall’ effect
    • Keep an eye on your speed, fog can give the illusion of moving in slow motion
    • Use fog lights, but remember to turn them off when the visibility improves
    • Don’t hang on the tail lights of the car in front, rear lights can give a false sense of security
    • Watch out for freezing fog which is made of water droplets that freeze on contact with objects such as the pavement, road, car, etc. It can quickly form a layer of ice.
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      UK weather outlook for Friday and Saturday

      Dry for much of the UK on Friday, but parts of northern and western Scotland will have patchy rain.

      Spells of sunshine in places, but areas of low cloud and fog may linger, and are likely to be more extensive that on Thursday.

      Dry for much of the UK on Saturday too, but with a fair amount of cloud.

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      Weather for tomorrow (Thursday)

      Much of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland will be dry tomorrow with bright or sunny spells.

      However, a few areas of fog may linger in places, especially across southern and central England.

      Cloudier for Scotland with patchy rain in the west. Winds will be light for most, breezier in Scotland.

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      Tonight’s weather

      Northern and some western parts of Scotland will have a lot of cloud tonight with occasional light rain and drizzle.

      Eastern and southern Scotland will be dry with clear spells. Breezy.

      Northern Ireland, England, and Wales will be dry and chilly overnight with clear spells and areas of mist and fog.

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      Yellow Fog warning updated

      The Met Office has updated its Yellow Fog warning, with fog across parts of central and southern England.

      It is expected to last until 11:00 this morning.

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