Think it’s cold now? The rest of the month is going to be just as bad

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Mind the ice (Picture: North News)

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.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Amer Ghazzal/REX/Shutterstock (7530133c) Commuters brave the cold and freezing temperatures on Westminster Bridge Seasonal weather, London, UK - 01 Dec 2016

Brrr (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock (7527742ab) Deer during cold and frosty weather in Richmond Park Seasonal weather, London, UK - 30 Nov 2016

It’s pretty chilly in Richmond Park too (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

The sun rises over frozen water in the fountains at Trafalgar Square in London after one of the coldest nights of the autumn so far this year across England and Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 30, 2016. See PA story WEATHER Cold. Photo credit should read: Phil Toscano/PA Wire

The fountains in Trafalgar Square froze over (Picture: PA)

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.

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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.

An actor plays The Snowman during a photo call at the Natural History Museum Ice Rink for the theatre production of The Snowman, running at the Peacock Theatre in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 30, 2016. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O

The snowman from The Snowman at the Natural History Museum (Picture: PA)

A dog walker enjoys a morning walk over frosty ground at the Dartington Hall, Devon. 01/12/2016

An extremely foggy morning in Devon (Picture: SWNS)

 

Met Office forecaster Ollie told Metro.co.uk: ‘Broadly speaking it will be cold across the UK, as well as some sunny spells.

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‘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.

A fisherman walks through the frost near Wallingford, Oxfordshire after one of the coldest nights of the autumn so far this year across England and Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 30, 2016. See PA story WEATHER Cold. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Looking pretty snowy in Wallington, Oxfordshire (Picture: PA)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Geoffrey Swaine/REX/Shutterstock (7527743i) Horses in a frosty field at a small holding in Playhatch Oxfordshire Seasonal Weather, UK - 30 Nov 2016

This horse in Oxfordshire must be freezing (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

Rain, cold and high pressures will make the weather a lot more ‘unsettled’ over the first half of the month, too.

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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.

A road sign for Winter Lane in West Hanney, Oxfordshire, with today marking the official start of meteorological winter as temperatures again dropped below freezing again across large parts of England and Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 1, 2016. See PA story WEATHER Cold. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Winter Lane. Population: You (Picture: PA)

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.