Met Office WEATHER WARNING: Second beast from east to BATTER UK in New Year - snow on way

Met Office WEATHER WARNING: Second beast from east to BATTER UK in New Year - snow on way

The Met Office have warned a second Beast from the East could hit Britain this week as a polar vortex from Scandinavia is forecast to hit for the New Year. Weather forcasters are warning of snow hitting parts of the country as January draws closer – with thick fog potentially causing travel misery for thousands preparing their end of year getaway this weekend. A yellow fog warning, which went into effect at 5pm on Thursday, is in place for London, the south east and southwest England- potentially causing misery for thousands of New Year revellers.

But meteorologists warn a phenomenon known as “Sudden Stratospheric Warning” (SSW) could bring icy blasts and gale force winds to British shores during January.

SSW refers to a rapid jump in temperature in stratosphere and can be linked to the onset of extreme cold weather during winter months.

The sudden drop in temperature could bring a second Beats from the East, which first occurred in February this year and saw the UK plunge into sub-zero temperatures and thick blankets of snow.

The Met Office’s manager of modelling climate variability Jeff Knight said: "There is a very high likelihood of a ‘Sudden Stratospheric Warming’ around the end of the year, increasing the chances of colder-than-average weather in January and the rest of winter.

"We will keep looking at forecasts to know exactly when any potential cold, snowy spells will occur." 

Meanwhile, drivers and travellers are being kept on alert due to blinding fog covering large parts of the country, while travellers gearing up for flights are also being warned of severe delays.

Met Office meteorologist Emma Smith said there will be "dense patches of fog that will form quite quickly" which will “lead to some dangerous driving conditions".

"The fog could cause some slower driving conditions, journey delays to buses and train services, and there is a chance of some delays to flights as well." 

"Temperatures will be in double digits for most places, Scotland and Northern Ireland 10C, 9C across the north of England, 11C in the Midlands, and similar in the south.

"It is quite mild for the time of year - tomorrow night temperatures widely are around 7C to 8C and that is what it should be in the daytime at this time of year." 

The chilling warnings follow a particularly wet and soggy Christmas break for much of the country, with experts branding it “the wettest December we’ve ever had”.

The Met office warned people planning to travel to visit relatives on Christmas Day and Boxing Day to drive safely on wet and hazardous roads.

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