The capital has warned of possible travel delays as ‘freezing fog’ hits the UK
Londoners have been warned of a possible disruption to travel throughout Sunday as a “freeze foghits much of England.
mayor of London Sadiq Khan also issued a “moderate” air pollution alert as still foggy conditions make it harder for the toxic fumes to dissipate.
The Met Office’s yellow weather warning between 2am Sunday and 11am Monday affects much of England, including much of the south and west of the capital.
Forecasters predict lows of -3C for London on Sunday alongside fog, but cold temperatures are expected to warm up through next week.
Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell said: “Next week looking at the severe front it looks pretty benign.
“We are starting to lose the risk of fog and temperatures are generally around where they should be.
“We will probably lose the really hard frosts. In terms of ice and snow, it looks like we have overcome the worst.
“We need to keep an eye out for the risk of fog in general during this cold spell, although the main dangers from it seem to be starting to diminish.
Mr Snell explained that temperatures would be lower in the south – which is often warmer than other parts of the country – due to a change in wind direction to the northwest.
The change will see an arctic blast that has swept across the UK for the past five days, giving way to warmer air from the Atlantic, but will take longer to reach southern regions.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “Alongside the extremely cold temperatures we experienced on Sunday, we are also expecting moderate to high levels of air pollution.
“We all need to be careful over the next few days. I urge Londoners to look out for each other by choosing to walk, cycle or take public transport, avoiding unnecessary car journeys, turning off the engine when idling and not burning wood or yard waste, which contributes to high levels of pollution.
“This is particularly important to protect those who are most vulnerable to high pollution.”
The warnings came after several sporting fixtures were canceled on Saturday in freezing conditions, while some rail services experienced disruptions.
The Sky Bet Championship match between Blackpool and Huddersfield has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.
National Rail said there had been disruption to trains between Three Bridges in Wessex and Brighton, Hove and Sussex due to point failure, but did not say whether it was due to ice.
It comes after temperatures dipped below minus 10C in parts of the UK this week in snowy and icy conditions.
Drumnadrochit near Inverness in the Highlands hit minus 10.4C in the early hours of Thursday, making it the coldest temperature on record of the year so far.