Meteorologists today predicted that a white thing could hit Britain in two weeks, as a freezing Arctic explosion is expected to bring snowstorms and temperatures of -5 ° C.
Heavy snow could cover the capital by the end of the month, with most areas expected on January 30, according to WX Charts forecasters.
Meanwhile, the Met Office today warned of travel chaos and possible flight cancellations as visibility in some areas drops to just 50 yards.
Temperatures are set to drop this weekend to a low of 0 ° C in Wales and West of England, as a weather was issued for London, Birmingham and East of England on Saturday morning with yellow fog.
Drivers should expect “unsafe driving conditions” and slower bus and train delays.
“There is a chance of delays or cancellations,” according to the Met Office.
Elsewhere, the fog is slowly rising to low clouds and will be ‘cold’. Met Office said: “Most parts will be dry with lots of clouds and a few sunny intervals. Several showers are expected to hit the west later. ”
It comes with a risk of frost until next Monday, with temperatures in some parts of the country set to drop to -4 ° C (24 ° F) and people urged to control their vulnerable neighbors.
Bookmaker Coral has set a odds of 4-5 that the UK will record the coldest January in history, while further shortening it to 1-2 for the snow that will hit London this month.
Temperatures are set to drop this weekend to a low of 0 ° C in Wales and West of England, as a fog warning is issued for London, Birmingham and East of England. Pictured fog in the Oxfordshire countryside
Heavy snow could cover the capital by the end of the month, with most areas expecting a layer on January 30, according to WX Charts forecasters.
Met Office spokesman Stephen Dixon told the Metro that he did not expect extensive snowfall, but a mild dust on the highlands in Scotland expected at this time of year. Pictured is a pony in Dundsen, Oxfordshire
Since Thursday afternoon, the Met Office has warned that the West Midlands, East Midlands, East of England, London, South East England and South West England will experience cold weather.
Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Dan Rudman said: “In some rural areas, nighttime nighttime temperatures may reach -4 ° C, but elsewhere sub-freezing conditions will expand overnight in the following days.
“It will result in severe frosts and possibly freezing fog in some places.”
Agostinho Sousa, a public health consultant at UKHSA, added: “Given that we are still experiencing very low temperatures this winter, it is important to remember to control those who are more vulnerable in colder weather, such as older or frail friends and family, especially if they live alone or with a serious illness. ”
She said the “most vulnerable” should heat their homes to at least 18 ° C, especially if they have reduced mobility, are 65 years of age or older or have a medical condition.
She also advised people to wear shoes with good grip if they need to go out during cold weather.
Met Office spokesman Stephen Dixon told the Metro that he did not expect extensive snowfall, but a mild dust on the highlands in Scotland expected at this time of year.
Meanwhile, Coral Aitkenhead of Coral said: “With January not yet reaching its third week and temperatures forecast to fall extremely low over the course of the month, we now have a chance to be the coldest in the UK.”
He added: ‘Londoners can expect snow this month, with white matter falling firmly according to our chances.’
Yellow fog warnings apply in London, Birmingham, the east of England and the north east
Drivers should expect “unsafe driving conditions” and slower bus and train delays. Pictured Dunsden in Oxfordshire this morning
Elsewhere, the fog is slowly rising to low clouds and will be ‘cold’. Met Office said: “Most parts will be dry with lots of clouds and a few sunny intervals. Several showers are expected to hit the west later. ”Pictured is a car in Dunsden, Oxfordshire.
A thick fog rolling from the River Thames suffocates the city of Gravesend, Kent
The fog is pictured in Gravesend, Kent, early Saturday morning. Drivers were warned to allow for reduced visibility
A walker is pictured in a park in Gravesend, Kent in the middle of a foggy start day on Saturday
The fountain at Gordon Gardens was hard to see due to the fog over Gravesend, Kent, on Saturday morning
Park runners met at Finsbury Park in London on Saturday morning
The fog on Saturday morning did not deter park runners in Finsbury Park
A lone pedestrian can hardly be seen in the middle of the fog on Saturday morning in Finsbury Park, London
With the arrival of cold weather, with the British facing a devastating cost-of-living crisis, including increased heating costs, the government advised people to heat the living room and bedroom during the day when they went to bed, “if people can’t heat up.” all the rooms they use ‘.
The UKHSA, which issued a cold weather warning, added: “Wearing several thin layers is better for trapping heat than wearing one thick layer.
‘Having enough hot food and drinks is also effective in keeping you warm.’
The predicted cold weather comes after the British experienced a milder start than usual and follows the warmest New Year in the United Kingdom, when St James’s Park in London recorded 16.3 ° C (61.3 ° F), breaking the previous record of 15, 6 ° C (60.1 ° F). set in Bude, Cornwall, set more than a century ago in 1916.
And that came after the country’s mildest New Year’s Eve the day before, Merryfield in Somerset had reached 15.8 ° C (60.4 ° F), beating the previous high of 14.8 ° C (58.6 ° F) in 2011. in Colwyn Bay in North Wales.