Pinch punch first of the month – and if you think it’s cold now, wait until you see what December has in store.
The UK is going to freeze over thanks to what could be the most widespread cold snap this year, with temperatures falling to sub-zero levels all over the country – again.
Last month temperatures fell as low as -9°C on some days, making it the coldest November in six years.
And these freezing temperatures are going to continue into December, eventually becoming more ‘unsettled’ when a spell of low pressure moves across the country in the middle of the month.
No one is safe. Even in London the mercury has been uncharacteristically low, and the water in Trafalgar Square’s fountains has frozen over.
At the same time deer were seen leaping about a frost-and-ice-covered Richmond Park.
Met Office forecaster Ollie told Metro.co.uk: ‘Broadly speaking it will be cold across the UK, as well as some sunny spells.
‘Today there will be some passing patches of fog, clearing to give way to some light drizzle tonight.
‘The cold’s going to be sticking around.’
He added that there will be sub-zero temperatures across the UK over the next few days, with Newcastle expected to reach -4°C and Bristol -2°C. Northolt, near London, will hit around -1°C.
Rain, cold and high pressures will make the weather a lot more ‘unsettled’ over the first half of the month, too.
The Met Office added: ‘Temperatures on the whole will continue to be on the cold side, but as the more unsettled weather spreads across the north of the country, milder interludes are more likely here at last.’
However, the icy conditions are likely to ease off a bit before Christmas – leaving some chilly frosts and crisp sunshine.
The Met Office has also issued a yellow weather warning because of ‘dense, freezing fog’ in the south west.
‘Freezing fog is likely to be most prevalent along river valleys and over lowland areas, but isolated fog patches are possible elsewhere,’ the chief forecaster said.
‘Visibility will be less than 100 metres in places.’
The meteorological winter began today, and will continue until February 28, 2017.