UK weather: Brits brace for heating chaos as cold snap to bring bitter lows of -5C

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The United Kingdom is set to see temperatures dip as a cold front reaches British shores on Wednesday. Conditions are expected to take yet another turbulent turn by the weekend as a meteorologist warns the weather could cause problems at airports and on the roads.

Jim Andrews, a senior meteorologist at Accuweather, told “A cold front is dipping southeastward over the UK on Wednesday, triggering scattered showery outbreaks.

“Stirring of the wind is putting an end to the stable atmosphere that allowed for recent fogs in much of England.

“Aside from a few wintry showers over the Scottish Highland, this front will bring essentially no snow.

“It will bring a short-lived dip in temperature, however, with Thursday having both the chilliest daytime and the coldest nighttime for most.

“Respective high and low temperature will be 2 to 4C below normal, but about 1-2C below normal Northern Ireland to northern Scotland.

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“As such, cold spots, in inland England and Wales, can see -5C by early Saturday.

“Frosts can reach the coasts wherever winds are light.”

However, when an anticyclone comes in, which will start at the weekend, fog and low clouds could cause more disruption for British commuters.

Mr Andrews explained: “The oncoming cold front is bringing an end to the dominance of high pressure, light winds and fog outbreaks, as an anticyclone was parked nearby for several days.

“A new anticyclone will build eastward in the wake of the front, becoming fully established by the weekend.

“This anticyclone will slowly build eastward through the first half of next week.

“As it shifts eastward, fog and low cloud will become widespread once again and could play a big part in UK weather for at least a few days.

“Slowed commutes – also frosty windscreens – and flight delays are among the adverse impacts that residents may need to bear in mind beginning at the weekend.”

Mr Andrews’ comments come just hours before the Met Office’s yellow weather warning is expected to be lifted.

The UK’s national weather service put in the warning from 5pm on Tuesday until 6am today.

They warned: “Fog is expected to thicken up and reform Tuesday evening leading to some difficult travel conditions.”

The Met Office suggested this could lead to slower journey times for bus and train services, delays or cancellations to flights and difficult driving conditions.

They added: “Fog has been persistent in places through Tuesday and is expected to thicken up here during Tuesday evening as well as form in other areas.

“The fog will likely be dense with visibility of less than 100metres at times.

“The fog will persist for many overnight before clearing from the northwest early Wednesday morning.”

Regions and local authorities in London, the South East of England and parts of the South West of England were identified by the Met Office as areas affected by the yellow weather warning.

Areas identified as potentially affected included: Bath & North East Somerset, Bracknell Forest, Brighton & Hove, Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole, Dorset, East Sussex, Gloucestershire, Greater London, Hampshire, Kent, Medway, Oxfordshire, Portsmouth, Reading, Slough, Southampton, Somerset, Surrey, Swindon, West Berkshire, West Sussex, Windsor & Maidenhead, Wokingham, Wiltshire.

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