THIS December could end up the coldest in history as the Met Office warned the current cold snap could last a month.

Temperatures are set to plunge to -10C – lower than Moscow – with more snow predicted on higher ground.

With temperatures already as low as -9C in place, the Met Office predicted colder than average temperatures for much of the month.

Motorists were warned to take care through the cold spell.

The RAC said 25,000 breakdowns are expected today and spokesman Simon Williams said: “Slow down in difficult conditions.”

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna added: “Winter hazards are dominating the weather as the emphasis changes from snow to frost and ice.”

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  • Chiara Fiorillo

    RISK OF DISRUPTION TO TRANSPORT

    With fog becoming more widespread, there is a risk of some disruption to transport.

    Driving conditions could be difficult too, with drivers being urged to take extra care when on the road.

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    ONE FOG WARNING STILL IN PLACE

    A yellow warning for fog is still in place.

    It is valid from 4pm today to 11am tomorrow.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    SNOW IN STIRLING

    Stirling Castle sitting above the city with snow covered mountains in the distance.

    Stirling mountains covered in snowCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
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    BRIGHTER TUESDAY

    The outlook for the South of England and Wales tomorrow is brighter, with clear spells and foggy patches expected, forecaster Meteogroup says.

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    TONIGHT'S WEATHER FORECAST

    The Met Office's weather forecast says: "Rain across Scotland moving south-westwards, heavy and persistent on high ground with gales around coasts.

    "Some coastal showers elsewhere, whilst frost and fog develop inland, especially in the south."

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    IN PICTURES: SUN AND FOG BEHIND VICTORIA TOWER IN WESTMINSTER, LONDON

    The sun is seen through the fog behind the Victoria Tower, part of the Palace of WestminsterCredit: AFP or licensors
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    IN PICTURES: FROST AND FOG AT MILTON FERRY BRIDGE, PETERBOROUGH

    A frosty and foggy morning at Milton Ferry Bridge, over the River Nene in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.Credit: Paul Marriott

     

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    PERSISTENT RAIN TO ARRIVE LATER TODAY

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    WINTER HAZARDS 'DOMINATING WEATHER'

    Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “Winter hazards are dominating the weather as the emphasis changes from snow to frost and ice.

    “The UK will stay in cold air north of the jet stream.”

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    MORE SNOW TOMORROW

    Further snow is expected to fall on Tuesday on the North-East's higher ground, with chilly 5-7C days for most this week and -3C today in Scotland. 

    The Met Office predicted temperatures will be frequently colder-than-average through December.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    BRITAIN COLDER THAN FINLAND

    A -3C plunge turns Britain colder than Finland, with Brits set for the coldest Winter in ten years. 

    The icy temperatures mean that parts of the UK will be chillier than -2C Helsinki.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    DRIVERS WARNED TO BE CAREFUL WHILE ON THE ROAD

    Police in the Thames Valley pleaded with drivers to slow down this morning after freezing fog hit the M4 and other major roads.

    They said visibility was less than 90 yards in many places and the fog was getting thicker.

    A spokesman said: "Please slow down and take heed of the conditions."

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    THREE-DAY TEMPERATURE MAP

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    FOG TO COVER UK ALL DAY

    Fog is set to be covering the country for most of the day.

    Tonight, frost and fog will develop inland, especially in the south.

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    FREEZING FOG

    A blanket of thick freezing fog covers the market town of St Ives and the Great River Ouse in the early morning light. 

    Credit: Alamy Live News
    Credit: Alamy Live News
  • Chiara Fiorillo

    FOGGY TOWER BRIDGE

    Tower Bridge looked foggy this morning as the weather turned colder across the country.

    Tower Bridge this morningCredit: Brittany Vonow / The Sun
  • Chiara Fiorillo

    TAKE A DIP IN COLD WATER

    Swimmers taking a dip in the Firth of Forth, Scotland.

    Three swimmers take a dip this morningCredit: Alamy Live News
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    SHIFT TOWARDS EXTREME WEATHER

    Hotter, drier summers are also more likely if emissions continue to accelerate, the Met Office said, highlighting there will be regional variations in the effects.

    Senior Met Office scientist Dr Lizzie Kendon told BBC Panorama: “We're saying by the end of the century much of the lying snow will have disappeared entirely except over the highest ground.

    “The over-arching picture is warmer, wetter winters; hotter, drier summers.

    “But within that, we get this shift towards more extreme events, so more frequent and intense extremes, so heavier rainfall when it occurs.

    “It's a big change… in the course of our lifetime. It's just a wake-up call really as to what we're talking about here.”

    More on the story here

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    UNSETTLED WEATHER ACROSS EUROPE

    Europe is set to be battered by storms as unsettled weather continues this week, BBC Weather meteorologist Stav Danaos said.

    He explained: "It is staying very unsettled across the Mediterranean for the next few days.

    "We have had one area of low pressure which has battered parts of Italy.

    "That is spreading across Greece and the Balkans on Monday.

    "There will be some rain and maybe some embedded thunderstorms."

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    FOG WARNING IN PLACE UNTIL 11AM

    This morning's warning has been extended to cover much of central, southern and southeast England.

    It remains in place until 11am, the Met Office said.

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    RUN IN THE FOG

    Sport-lovers went for a run this morning despite dense fog.

    Freezing cold and foggy weather is forecast across many parts of the UK.

    Runners in dense fog in Finsbury Park, north LondonCredit: London News Pictures
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    UK TO HAVE NO MORE SNOW WITHIN DECADES DUE TO GLOBAL WARMING

    Britain will have no more snow within decades due to global warming, the Met Office has warned.

    New projections from the forecaster suggest traditional winter activities such as building snowmen could be lost if global greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced.

    The research, which will be aired on BBC Panorama this evening, suggests that swathes of the south of England may not see days with freezing or below temperatures by the 2040s as a result of climate change.

    If this trend continues only very high ground and parts of northern Scotland will experience freezing temperatures by 2080.

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  • Chiara Fiorillo

    TEMPERATURES CHANGE EVERY YEAR

    The Met Office stressed that temperatures vary every year, with some Winters colder than others. 

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    TODAY'S WEATHER FORECAST

    The Met Office's weather forecast for today says: "Some coastal showers, else most parts dry.

    "Some sunny spells, but freezing fog patches slow to clear, and persisting in places.

    "Turning wet and windy over northern and eastern Scotland later. Cold."

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    FOGGY LONDON

    Fog shrouds walkers as they pass through Regent's Park in the morning in central London.

    Fog covering Regent's Park this morningCredit: London News Pictures

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