The UK continues to be enveloped in thick fog which has already claimed lives on Britain’s roads and at sea. Flight and train travel chaos has erupted with services being cancelled, disrupting New Year’s Eve plans up and down the country.
In South East England, a blanket of heavy fog has disrupted flights from Heathrow, City, and Gatwick airports. Although the fog is expected to lift before the London New Year’s firework display, travellers have been warned to check for delays to trains and planes.
The weather is expected to get colder on New Year’s Day, and Southern rail passengers can expect more disruptions due to strike action by staff.
In Scotland, Hogmanay celebrations may well be hampered in many parts of the country, as gale-force winds and heavy rain are expected. A “yellow” weather warning has been issued for the North West part of the country.
Mark Wilson, a Met meteorologist, said visibility on some roads would be as low as 100 yards. He said, “We think it will gradually improve throughout the morning, but it will be a slow process.
“It will turn colder though tonight and New Year’s Day and Bank Holiday Monday, but also there will be more sunshine to enjoy.”
Dr Deborah Turbitt, from Public Health England, warned people to look out for others in the cold weather, especially the very old or young. She said, “Every winter thousands of people die because of their exposure to cold weather and doctors’ surgeries, hospitals and other parts of the NHS are kept busy as people fall ill – that’s why it’s really important that we all do everything we can to ensure everyone stays well this winter.”
For the last week the UK has been hit with freezing fog. It has claimed the life of one motorist and two fishermen.