Weather forecast UK – Met Office warnings for FREEZING fog as bitter Arctic chill at Xmas to make way for 'snow bomb'

THE final 'major' storm of 2021 will see Britain battered by a 'snow bomb', severe gales and heavy rain.

While a White Christmas seems unlikely for most, the brutal conditions are expected to hit two days later on December 27.

Following Storms Arwen and Barra earlier this month, much of the country is currently enjoying unseasonably warm temperatures that have seen the mercury rise to 14C in recent days.

But according to Netweather.tv, the post Christmas 'snow bomb' will send temperatures plummetting again in the first of what will be FIVE more storms before the end of winter.

Read our weather live blog for the latest news and forecasts

  • Milica Cosic

    What happens if a storm stops me commuting?

    Sometimes snow makes the journey to work dangerous or downright impossible, leaving some people unable to commute.

    So, will you get paid if you can’t make it in work? Unfortunately, there is no automatic legal right to be paid if you miss work due to bad weather.

    Employers are entitled to regard your absence as unauthorised, even if it is due to weather circumstances way out of your control.

    Travelling to work is your responsibility – but exceptions may be made if the company provide transport such as a bus service which is cancelled.

    Some employers may allow staff to use annual leave to cover the snow day or even work from home.

    However, it is important to remember your employer should not force or pressure you to unnecessarily attempt the journey if there are legitimate safety reasons why you should not travel.

  • Milica Cosic

    Getting colder toward the New Year

    The Met Office forecasters say it'll get much colder towards the New Year.

    "At the start of this period it will be settled and predominantly dry with large amounts of cloud, though cloud may well be thick enough for the odd spot of drizzle at times," they said.

    "In general, cloud amounts will tend to reduce with time, with a corresponding increase in the risk of overnight fog and frost, which may be slow to clear by day in some areas.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Yellow weather warning for freezing fog

    Meanwhile, a yellow warning for freezing fog is now in place for a swathe of the country between Middlesbrough and Southend-on-Sea.

    There'll be poor visibility for drivers, with "stubborn and dense fog" set to linger.

    After that, the mercury will plummet, with -1C expected in London on Tuesday.

    Many will see frost early next week, before rain and snow settle in.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Yule need a coat

    A Met Office official told LBC: "The odds of a white Christmas aren't too low."

    Cold air will hit rain clouds from the Atlantic, which could provide perfect conditions for snow.

    It's still too early to rule out the blast turning into sleet or rain instead, he said.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Brits set for white Christmas amid freezing cold -6C temperatures

    BRITS could yet see a white Christmas as temperatures plummet to a bone-chilling -6C.

    Met Office officials have issued a yellow weather warning today as forecasters urge the nation to brrrrrrace for "more unsettled weather" next week.

    And one forecaster says that if a particular weather system shapes up in the days to come, some areas could record a whopping 10 inches of snow on the big day.

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Mapped: The odds of snow on Christmas Day

    The city most likely to be blanketed in the white stuff is Aberdeen, with odds at 5/2.

    The two main Scottish cities are next in the running, with Edinburgh and Glasgow both priced at 3/1.  

    In England, the destination with the best chance of a sprinkling of snow is Newcastle, also at 3/1, followed by Leeds at 7/2.

    Northern Ireland is next in the betting with Belfast, which is considered 5/1 to see snow on December 25.

    Bookies have then backed three major English cities for the next spots, with Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol all at 5/1.

    They sit slightly ahead of London (11/2) in the market.

    The two cities least likely to wake up to a fresh coat on Christmas morning are Liverpool (6/1) and Cardiff (13/2).

  • Joseph Gamp

    Saturday’s weather

    Another dull day is forecast today.

    Mist patches will linger through much of the day, with spells of drizzle across central parts of England, particularly in the morning.

    Sunshine is likely in north-east Scotland at first, but cloud will build as the day goes on. A cloudy and misty evening

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    Saturday forecast for Manchester

    Fog slow to clear in places and locally persisting all day in southern areas. Otherwise, cloudier for many than Friday.

    But some sunnier areas are possible, most likely across Cumbria.

    Maximum temperature 10 °C.

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    One major storm to finish the year

    Meteorologist Jim Dale warned of the next major storm – dubbed Storm Corrie – earlier this week.

    He said it is due to the La Nina effect – an unsettled weather front caused when warm North Sea temperatures mix with cooler water from the Pacific Ocean.

    Mr Dale added “We are expecting one more major storm this month which will set the trend for coming months.

    “We expect five to six storms to hit through the winter period which could be severe enough to warrant naming.”

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    London weather forecast for Saturday

    Generally dull, with any mist and fog clearing through the morning.

    Staying rather cloudy, although some brighter spells possible towards eastern coasts.

    Chilly, with a brisk breeze persisting along coasts. Maximum temperature 7 °C.

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    Met Office advice for driving in fog

    • Avoid travel if possible
    • Drive very slowly with dipped headlights, full-beam lights reflect off the fog causing a 'white wall' effect
    • Keep an eye on your speed, fog can give the illusion of moving in slow motion
    • Use fog lights, but remember to turn them off when the visibility improves
    • Don't hang on the tail lights of the car in front, rear lights can give a false sense of security
    • Watch out for freezing fog which is made of water droplets that freeze on contact with objects such as the pavement, road, car, etc. It can quickly form a layer of ice.

    Weather outlook for Sunday to Tuesday

    Dry but mostly cloudy, with long-lasting fog in places on Sunday, but brighter across parts of Scotland.

    Feeling fresher for most on Tuesday.

    Generally light winds, but becoming rather cold.

    Met Office forecast for this evening and tonight

    Low cloud and fog affecting eastern parts of England, spreading northwards and westwards.

    Clear spells across the north and west allowing a frost in places.

    Windy across far southwest.

    William Hill slashes odds on White Christmas

    William Hill slashes odds on White Christmas, with some northern cities now odds on!

    Bookmaker William Hill today made Scotland’s capital Edinburgh and Newcastle odds on for a White Christmas in 2021, with all 13 major UK airports now at their lowest levels in a decade.

    That means the collective book on a White Christmas is 4-1 or shorter, considerably lower than the widespread White Christmas in 2010.

    Long range weather forecast for Christmas

    The Met Office have said that Christmas day will be settled this year and cold spells will remain.

    They said “Remaining generally unsettled at first, with wettest and windiest conditions likely moving further north with drier and brighter spells developing in the south and southeast at times.

    “Temperatures likely to be milder than earlier in the month, with temperatures near to above normal, although some colder spells remain possible.

    “It is likely to become more settled around Christmas and towards New Year with increased chance of overnight frost and fog during clearer spells.”

    • Milica Cosic

      Outlook for 28th December – 11th January

      We're hoping for a white Christmas this year, but it is likely to remain settled for the final week of 2021, with an increasing risk of frost and fog for Christmas and New Year.

      Any unsettled spells are most likely for the northwest, with occasional stronger winds, and some showers or longer spells of rain.

      Temperatures are expected to be around average, but milder in the north, and colder in the south at times, where frost is most likely.

      Heading deeper into January there is expected to be a gradual shift towards more changeable conditions, especially in the northwest, and turning milder again too.

    • Milica Cosic

      Odds slashed on coldest January

      Leading bookmaker Coral has cut the odds on this January being the coldest since records began to just 2-1 (from 5-1) as forecasters warn of an end to the mild winter temperatures.

      "We have enjoyed some very mild temperatures through December but the outlook for January looks a lot colder and we have slashed the odds on next month being the coldest first month of the year we have ever had," said Coral's Harry Aitkenhead.

      Coral make Edinburgh the favourite for snow on Christmas Day, at odds of 3-1, with Newcastle the most likely of the English cities at 7-2 according to the odds.

      Harry also said: "We are offering odds on all major UK cities for any punters dreaming of a White Christmas, with Edinburgh the most likely according to our odds".

    • Milica Cosic

      Bitter Scandinavian winds will blast us away

      Bitter Scandinavian winds will blast away the mild weather as forecasters make an abrupt festive u-turn.

      Temperatures will nosedive through next week with widespread snow possible from Christmas Eve.

      James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, said: “Snow could arrive as early as Christmas Eve in parts of the south.

      “Further snow is likely during the latter part of Christmas Day and on Boxing Day.

      “Weather models have altered to include high-pressure changes, and this could bring widespread snow during the latter part of the month.

      “This will be one to monitor over the next couple of days.”

    • Milica Cosic

      Brace yourselves

      BRITS are bracing for bone-chilling -6C temperatures over Christmas with up to 10 inches of snow set to fall.

      Freezing conditions are expected over the festive period – although temperatures are set to stay mild this weekend.

      The Met Office has warned icy fog could lead to poor visibility on the roads which could cause travel disruption.

      But temperatures are set to plunge to freezing in the days before Christmas with biting lows of -6C expected in Scotland on the big day.

      Storm Corrie is then set to lash the country with blizzards and chilly winds blasting in straight from the Arctic just after Christmas.

    • Milica Cosic

      Cloudy afternoon

      The Met Office has advised that all stay weather aware this afternoon as there will be a lot of cloud across Southern and Western parts of the UK this afternoon.

      The North and East will see a lot of sunshine.

      However, patches will linger across the east/southeast of England.

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      Here's if YOUR city will see snow

      The city most likely to be blanketed in the white stuff is Aberdeen, with odds at 5/2.

      The two main Scottish cities are next in the running, with Edinburgh and Glasgow both priced at 3/1.  

      In England, the destination with the best chance of a sprinkling of snow is Newcastle, also at 3/1, followed by Leeds at 7/2.

      Northern Ireland is next in the betting with Belfast, which is considered 5/1 to see snow on December 25.

      Bookies have then backed three major English cities for the next spots, with Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol all at 5/1.

      They sit slightly ahead of London (11/2) in the market.

      The two cities least likely to wake up to a fresh coat on Christmas morning are Liverpool (6/1) and Cardiff (13/2).

    • Milica Cosic

      Odds slashed for coldest January on record

      Coral have also slashed the odds on next month being the coldest January on record to just 2-1 (form 5-1), amid reports of some harsh weather at the turn of the year.

      “We are enjoying some mild temperatures for December still currently but the New Year is going to bring some freezing weather with it and we have slashed the odds on next month being our coldest January ever,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.

    • Milica Cosic

      Getting colder toward the New Year

      The Met Office forecasters say it'll get much colder towards the New Year.

      "At the start of this period it will be settled and predominantly dry with large amounts of cloud, though cloud may well be thick enough for the odd spot of drizzle at times," they said.

      "In general, cloud amounts will tend to reduce with time, with a corresponding increase in the risk of overnight fog and frost, which may be slow to clear by day in some areas.

    • Milica Cosic

      'Major storm' on the way

      British Weather Services meteorologist Jim Dale said: "We are expecting one more major storm this month which will set the trend for coming months.

      "We expect five to six storms to hit through the winter period which could be severe enough to warrant naming."

      He said that London is likely to steer clear of the gale force conditions brought by the latest storm.

    • Milica Cosic

      Exact date snow is expected to fall 

      It may very well be a white Christmas this year as forecaster have predicted the exact date Brits will see snow this month.

      Storm Corrie is set to lash the country, with blizzards and biting winds blasting in straight from the Arctic just after Christmas.

      But while most are agreed that temperatures will drop below freezing towards the New Year, others say it could well be much colder on December 25 too.

      And one weatherman has warned there could even be a whopping 10 inches of snow in some places on the big day.

      Brian Gaze of The Weather Outlook has released a chart showing parts of Wales could be hit by an astonishing 25cm – 9.8in – of snow when Santa arrives Credit: The Weather Outlook

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