Temperatures plunge to -4C with Britain set to be blanketed in frozen fog amid warnings of power cuts and travel chaos as 75mph gale force winds batter Scotland
- Temperatures could fall to -3C (27F) in Scotland tomorrow while northern England will be around 0C (32F)
- Frost and icy fog are due in the middle of the week with temperatures down to -4C (25F) in Scotland
- Mercury could fall to -3C (27F) in parts of England including Blackpool, Manchester and Lake District
- Met Office warning for strong winds in northern Scotland could cause delays to planes and ferries
The cold snap gripping Britain will continue this week as today’s big return to school proves a stormy affair for some areas with winds of up to 80mph expected.
Today, England remained largely cloudy, with some patchy rain in the North, but temperatures could plummet to -3C (27F) in Scotland tomorrow while the North of England, Wales and central regions will be just above 0C (32F).
Frost and icy fog are due in the middle of the week with temperatures down to -4C (25F) north of the border, and even -3C (27F) in parts of England including Blackpool, Manchester and the Lake District.
A kite surfer makes the most of the blustery weather at Rest Bay in Porthcawl in windy conditions in South Wales today
Strong waves smash into the Lancashire coast at Blackpool today amid stormy weather in the North West
A kite surfers grapples with his kite as he prepares to enter the sea today at Rest Bay in Porthcawl, South Wales
A kite surfer leans into the wind as he holds onto his kate and prepares to enter the sea in Porthcawl today
Dog walkers get close to the surf as sea-spray fills the air at Rest Bay in Porthcawl in windy conditions today
Commuters walk to work across London Bridge this morning at the start of another cold week in the capital
Meanwhile, a Met Office yellow ‘be aware’ weather warning has been issued for northern Scotland until 9am tomorrow, with gusts of up to 75mph expected to cause delays to air and ferry transport.
Some bus and train services will probably be hit, with passengers facing the prospect of longer journeys, and forecasters have also warned of the risk of power cuts – and waves and spray breaching sea walls.
CalMac has placed a number of ferry routes on notice of cancellation today. Met Office forecaster Emma Sharples said: ‘The start of the warning period could catch out people during the morning rush-hour.
‘We are looking at disruption to travel, with anyone driving a high-sided vehicle within the warning area facing some issues. As well as problems on the roads, we are also warning of delays or cancellations on the railway, ferries and air travel.’
Temperatures will be slightly above average for the time of year today – before falling to lower levels for the rest of the week
A Met Office yellow ‘be aware’ weather warning for strong winds has been issued for northern Scotland until 9am tomorrow
Temperatures will begin to fall again tomorrow (left), before highs of just 4C are expected in some parts by Wednesday (right)
Thursday and Friday will also bring cold temperatures to the country with the possibility of rain in some areas as well
Tonight will be dry for most regions as rain largely clears, but with large areas of cloud. The winds will tend to ease slightly through the night, but it will still be windy for northern portions of Scotland and along the North Sea coast.
Tomorrow will be bright and largely dry for most regions, but a scattering of showers are possible along the North Sea coast where there is also the chance for gales.
As for Wednesday, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and some regions of northern England will get some patchy light rain and drizzle. Winds will ease by then too, but it will tend to feel cooler than recent days.
The high pressure system to the south west should keep Thursday dry for many areas, with the exception of western areas where rain is expected later.