AN icy fog will blanket England today as a brutal -6C Arctic blast hits – ahead of what bookies say could be the coldest December ever.
Met Office forecasters have issued a yellow weather warning for thick wintry fog across much of central and northern England on Saturday.
The chilly mist will linger this morning as high pressure brings bitterly cold sub-zero temperatures – made worse by cutting winds.
In the warning, forecasters predict the fog could lead to travel disruption – with flights grounded and delays on roads and railways.
“Volatile” weather is predicted as we move into December in the coming days, with odds slashed on a white Christmas and snow likely to fall across the UK very soon.
Brits will see a maximum temperature of only around 4C on Saturday.
And the Met Office has warned people to take extra care while out this weekend with roads and payments expected to be slippery.
A forecast added: “Surface temperatures are expected to fall away below freezing and following the rain and recent wet weather many surfaces are likely to remain wet leading to icy stretches forming where these not treated.”
Weathertrending have ominously predicted a “volatile” start to December.
They say: “Expect threats from both frost and even some snow to be gradually increasing from the north – last to reach southern counties.
“The first week of December could provide some very volatile weather indeed.”
A crippling Arctic blast is to blame for the plummeting temperatures – with fierce snowstorms threatening to blanket Northern regions, and most of Wales.
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And icy wind coming over the next couple of days could even feel as cold as -12C, experts warn – with the harsh breeze making Brits twice as cold.
Yesterday was described as a “transition” day as a spell of low pressure fled the UK before a new high comes in – prompting a weekend freeze.
The Met Office said of Saturday’s weather: “Dry and cold for most, although fog may be slow to clear from some areas.
“A few showers possible on some northeastern coasts.
“Cloudy in the far southwest where it will also be windy with rain, possibly heavy at times.”
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The extreme plunge in temperatures comes as odds are slashed on the UK experiencing its coldest temperatures on record.
Bookmaker Coral says that hopes are growing for a white Christmas – “with plenty of snow expected next month”.
Coral slashed the odds on this December being the coldest ever to just 2-1 (from 5-1) – as forecasters warn of a big freeze over the next few weeks.
As temperatures plunge, snow is expected to fall and Coral now go 5-4 that there will be a white Christmas in the UK.
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Edinburgh and Glasgow (4-1) are rated as the most likely cities to get snow on Christmas Day, it adds.
Coral’s spokesman, Harry Aitkenhead, said: “We are headed for a freezing festive period and the temperatures are forecast to be so low that we have slashed the odds on next month going down as the coldest December we have ever had.
“Punters are getting their bets on a White Christmas with snow set to fall as early as next week, and Edinburgh and Glasgow are rated as the most likely in our book to be covered in the white stuff on the big day.”
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