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UK weather forecast tomorrow – Freezing ‘polar blast’ to hit Britain and last for DAYS as temperatures plummet to -1C

A BITTERLY cold polar blast will hit the UK and last for days sending temperatures plummeting to as low as -1C.

The blast of cold air is likely to bring freezing fog and dense frost across much of the UK in the coming days.

Speaking about tonight, Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said: "A widespread frost forming - more widely than we've seen of late - and temperatures below freezing fairly widely, and some fog forming".

"Certainly feeling colder on Thursday, especially where the fog persists throughout much of the day - and a similar day to come on Friday," he added.

The polar blast comes as odds were slashed on a White Christmas in Scotland and northern England.

There is now a 45% chance of a White Christmas, according to forecaster NetWeather, with bookies saying Edinburgh and Newcastle are the most likely cities to see snowfall on Christmas Day.

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  • TOMORROW'S WEATHER

    Tomorrow is likely to start with fog and frost for much of the UK after one of the coldest nights of the season so far.

    But after the fog clears, the day will be mostly sunny for Brits with afternoon patches of cloud across the north.

    The north could also see rain on and off throughout the day.

  • TONIGHT ONE OF THE 'COLDEST NIGHTS' SO FAR

    Tonight will be one of the coldest nights of the season so far as cloud cover is due to lift and bring in frosty weather, according to the Met Office.

    Much of the UK with wake up to frost tomorrow with lows of -3C and -5C in rural areas.

    Parts of the far southeast may see more cloud cover, keeping temperatures up.

  • AS BRITAIN SET TO FREEZE, MET OFFICE WARNS DRIVERS TO CHECK THEIR CARS

    Britain will plunge into wintery weather next week with some parts of the UK potentially seeing temperatures as low as -5C next week.

    The Met Office have warned drivers to check their vehicles ahead of the frosty conditions to make sure your car is winter ready.

    The Met Office tweeted: “With winter weather on the way, now is the time to check your vehicle is weatherready.

    “Top up with a screen wash that is effective in cold temperatures, check your tyres are road-worthy and pack a winter kit for your car.”

  • WEATHER TODAY

    A band of rain will edge southeastwards across England and Wales.

    Mild in advance of this, whilst colder conditions follow with sunny spells.

    A few showers affecting northwestern parts.

  • FORECAST FOR TONIGHT

    Cloud and patchy light rain clearing all but the far southeast of England.

    Most parts dry with clear periods, turning frosty in places with a few fog patches forming.

  • CONTINUED

    Clyde Howarth, head of operations delivery at Network Rail Wessex, said today “We’ve seen a rise in visits from our feathered friends, and as they have a reputation for being aggressive, we wanted to provide new starters with some training as the staff will need to know how to handle swans on a track which carries 750 volts.

    “Our goal is to safely remove the swan from the track as quickly as possible, so that train services can start running again.”

    Sally Thompson head of training at The Swan Sanctuary, said “We’re only too happy to provide the skills to enable Network Rail staff to safely remove the swans from danger to a place of safety.

    “We look forward to assisting Network Rail with their swan related issues in the future.”

    It's not just railways – swans also crash-land on roads, mistaking them for rivers.

    It's feared the problem will get worse as the November days shorten, the light gets worse and the bad weather closes in.

  • RAILWAY STAFF IN TRAINING TO TACKLE FOWL TRESPASSERS AS WEATHER WORSENS

    Railway staff in Wiltshire are being trained to tackle fowl trespassers on the line as the weather worsens.

    With driving rain and gales up to 50mph forecast, there's a feathered nightmare…short-sighted swans!

    The barmy birds, flying overhead, are peering down in the murk and mistaking the dull-grey gleam of train tracks for a river and they're crash-landing.

    Now Network Rail staff in Wiltshire – which has a maze of rivers and streams – are getting training from a charity.

    Specialist sessions from the Swan Sanctuary mean rail workers will no longer have to wing it when trying to get the birds off the tracks.

    The Wessex Route, which runs close to the River Avon through Salisbury, sees as many as 20 swans cause disruption each year.

  • SNOW COULD HIT UK NEXT WEEK – EVEN REACHING AS FAR DOWN AS LONDON

    As the UK is expected to plunge into colder temperatures next week, there is a high risk of snow falling across Scotland and even parts of England.

    Weather forecasters predict the mercury will plunge to below freezing from next week, with temperatures reaching as low as -5C.

    And a 48-hour snow fall may coincide with the freezing temperatures, with snow potentially reaching as far down as the South East of England.

  • TONIGHT'S FORECAST

    After much of the north and southeast of England saw showers today, tonight is expected to be much clearer.

    Most parts of the country will be dry, turning frosty with parts of the north of England experiencing fog.

    Showers in Scotland will ease making way for a chillier evening.

  • FLOOD ALERTS ISSUED AS WET WEATHER SWEEPS COUNTRY

    More flood warnings have been issued as heavy rain sweeps across the country.

    Rising water levels along the River Cale near Shaftesbury this morning have led to flood alert across the river's tributaries.

    The river's banks are expected to burst and low lying land across the area could be hit.

    Another flood warning along the Upper River Derwent and Stonethwaite Beck near Keswick was issued this morning.

    Flooding is expected to hit low lying areas and roads around the Stonethwaite area.

  • OVER 45,000 BOILER BREAKDOWNS FORECAST AS BRITAIN BRACES FOR COLDEST WINTER SINCE 2012

    British Gas predicts over 45,000 boilers could break down this week as Britain is plunged into freezing winter weather.

    And with temperatures set to plummet across the UK, households are being urged to make sure their homes are winter-ready.

    Freezing conditions are coming to the UK this week, with temperatures in northern and central England, Scotland, Wales and even London set to plummet.

    Frost and fog are due to sweep the country later this week with parts of the UK unlikely to reach above 5C.

  • PM ANNOUNCES £4bn FUND TO TRAIN 250,000 BRITS FOR ECO-JOBS TO HELP CLIMATE

    Boris Johnson has announced £4billion fund to train people for 250,000 eco-jobs to help tackle climate change.

    Last week, the Prime Minister revealed the climate change initiative as part of a wider range of steps to make Britain greener.

    The UK aims to become carbon-neutral by 2050, with 60,000 of the planned roles due to be in offshore wind farms.

  • PANDEMIC HAD LITTLE IMPACT ON CO2 RISE IN ATMOSPHERE

    Lockdowns across the world in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis have had little effect on the rise of CO2 concentrations, the World Meteorological Organisation has said.

    Despite carbon emissions plummeting as the world was plunged into lockdown – leading to a fall in carbon emissions – the drop has done little to slow the overall rise in concentrations.

    Carbon emissions dropped to 17% at the peak of the pandemic but the WMO says there is still plenty of work to do.

    WMO secretary general Prof Petteri Taalas said: “The lockdown-related fall in emissions is just a tiny blip on the long-term graph.

    “We need a sustained flattening of the curve.”

  • BRITS WARNED TO BRACE FOR UNSETTLED WEATHER NEXT WEEK

    Brits have been warned to get ready for unsettled weather next week.

    High pressure, chilly starts and fog patches could all stretch into next week, but rain may hit the UK hard as the week continues, with windier and wetter days expected next Thursday and Friday.

    By Saturday and Sunday, much of the UK could experience a cold snap with frosts and wintry showers returning across England.

    BBC Weather warns Brits should check the forecast daily to be best prepared for next week's changeable wintry weather.

  • FROST AND FOG WILL SWEEP OVER UK BY END OF WEEK AS PARTS OF UK WON'T REACH ABOVE 5C

    November's weather is set to take a plunge in temperatures by the end of the week with frost and fog due to cover the country.

    Temperatures have been largely mild for this time of November, but balmy temperatures will end tomorrow with a crisp, frosty start to tomorrow morning, due to last until Friday.

    Most parts of the UK will have temperatures in single figures with some areas struggling to get above 5 or 6C.

  • MERCURY PLUMMETS AS MOST OF UK STAYS BELOW 10C

    Brits should expect a chilly start to today with many parts of the UK staying below 10C.

    Clear skies later today mean temperatures will stay cold throughout tonight.

    Temperatures will remain cool tomorrow but brighter spells are expected across the South with patches of mist and fog developing in the north of the country.

  • WHITE CHRISTMAS ODDS SLASHED AS FAMILIES ALLOWED TO BUBBLE UP FOR FESTIVE PERIOD

    Odds for a White Christmas have been slashed by bookies, with a 60% chance Brits could wake up to snow on Christmas morning.

    The news will bring a ray of festive cheer as families are given the green light to bubble up into households of three over the festive period.

    This winter could be the coldest in almost a decade as arctic blasts ahead of December 25 may bring -10c temperatures and plenty of ice.

    Met Office records show that if the average temperature is just 0.2C below normal, at 3.5C or lower, it'll be the coldest winter since 2012/13.

  • FLOOD WARNING SET FOR KESWICK CAMPING SITE

    A flood warning has been issued for Keswick campsite after heavy rain is set to lash the North of England today.

    The flood warning for Keswick Camping and Caravan Club Site has warned locals that heavy flooding could effect properties, roads and farms in the nearby area.

    A band of rain is due to sweep the country today and part of England may experience thunder.

  • HEAVY RAIN SET FOR NORTH OF ENGLAND

    The North of England will see wet weather today as a band of rain pushes from the North West across the country.

    Both Manchester and Hull are set for a wet and windy start to the day – but conditions could clear up by the afternoon.

    Tonight will feel cold across the country as skies clear and a west breeze picks up.

  • OUTLOOK FOR TONIGHT

    It will be a cloudy night tonight with light rain clearing everywhere apart from the far southeast of England.

    Most parts will be dry, although cooler temperatures will turn to frosty in places, with a few fog patches forming.

    The Met Office map below shows the forecast for 6pm this evening.

  • TODAY’S FORECAST

    It’s set to be a dry day for most with sunny spells followed by colder conditions.

    A band of rain will edge southeastwards across England and Wales while a few showers affecting northwestern parts.

    The map below shows the outlook from the Met Office for midday today.

  • A WHITE XMAS NORTH OF THE BORDER?

    There is a 45 per cent chance of snow on Christmas Day in Scotland, according to Netweather UK.

    Odds of snowfall on December 25 are just over 30 per cent in northern England, while there is only a 15 per cent chance in the south.

    There is a one in four chance of snowfall in Wales, according to the forecaster.

  • A WHITE CHRISTMAS?

    Edinburgh and Newcastle are the likely cities to experience snow on Christmas Day if the bookies are to be believed.

    The two cities cannot be separated with Ladbrokes offering 3/1.

    Belfast, Cardiff, Dublin and Manchester are all at odds of 4/1.

    London is a relative outsider with odds of a tempting 5/1.

    While, Paddy Power are offering 1/16 odds for snow to fall at Winnipeg airport in Canada on December 25.

  • FRIGID TEMPERATURES

    I'm a Celeb stars will soon have a battle with the elements as Arctic winds are expected to sweep across the country next week.

    Temperatures across the UK, including in Abergele are set to plummet.

    With temperatures in Scotland dipping as low as -5C, the UK will likely be waking up to a new layer of frost on Wednesday morning.

    The Met Office reports that the Welsh town, closest to Gwrych Castle, will hit a low of 4C – meaning campmates will have to overcome brisk temperatures as well as creepy crawlies.

  • NOT SO HAPPY CAMPERS

    Campmates in the I'm a Celebrity… Get me Out of Here! castle will face heavy downpours this evening.

    Rain is expected in Abergele, Wales this evening and into the early hours of tomorrow.

    A band of rain will push in from the north-west bringing outbreaks of rain to most places by midnight.

    Rain will ease before dawn, with temperatures hovering between 8-9C.

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