Met Office issues freezing fog warning as Brits wake to dangerous conditions

The Met Office has issued a warning about 'freezing fog' before temperatures rise for a balmy 17C Valentine's Day.

It will be a cold start to today (Tuesday, February 14) with temperatures in some areas dropping as low as -5C, along with thick fog which has led to a Met Office yellow warning.

A bout of travel chaos could be about to ensue as experts warn of "delays or cancellations to flights, slower journey times with delays to bus and train services possible".

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"Extensive" areas of dense fog could see visibility fall to as poor as 50 metres," the Met Office added.

The yellow warning for fog on Tuesday covers a large swathe of England, across the east and south, and is in place until 10am.

To make matters worse, the Beast from the East could return at end of the month with the mercury plummeting as low as -11C.

But almost miraculously, temperatures today will rise well above the monthly average for February and up to the high teens.

The thick, troublesome fog will "slowly clear through mid-morning on Tuesday" and then "spring-like warmth," according to the BBC.

"A Valentine’s Day of wardrobe dilemmas for some of you, frosty and in some places foggy start, but by the afternoon, spring-like warmth, 16C, 17C possible in north west Wales, well above the 8C average for this stage in the month," said BBC forecaster Matt Taylor.

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"Why the warmth, well we are on the west of this massive high pressure keeping things dry across much of western Europe.

"Because we are on the western side we’ve got a southerly wind developing but before that really gets going, most noticeable in western areas, where temperatures above freezing. Elsewhere a frosty start to the day -4C, -5C in one or two spots and dense patches of fog."

But during the day the temperatures will rise considerably.

"A lot of dry, a lot of dry weather, but look at the temperatures 13C Moray Firth, 15C, 16C north Devon and maybe up to 16C, 17C in north west Wales," the forecaster added.


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