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UK weather: Gales and fog to cause ‘travel disruption’ over the weekend says Met Office

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UK weather: Met Office warns of 'extensive rain' and cold

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After a sudden drop in temperatures in the last few weeks, this Saturday, 11 and Sunday 12 will see warmer temperatures and showers at times throughout the UK. Greg Dewhurst, a Senior Operational Meteorologist at the Met Office, told “Temperatures will be above average this weekend away from northern Scotland by day and by night.

“We expect highs around 14C across South-West England.”

Through Saturday and Saturday night, parts of the country will be covered in fog, which should push drivers to be extra cautious and cause disruption.

Mr Dewhurst explained: “There is the risk of a few mist or fog patches for eastern parts of the UK.

“Through the day, there will be increasing amounts of cloud around as a weather front [band of rain] moves eastwards across the country.

“This will lead to some hill fog in places, more so overnight.

“This mostly clears through Sunday as it becomes windier, especially across the northwest of the UK.”

The northern parts of Scotland are actually under yellow warning from 9pm on Sunday to noon on Monday as a very potent area of low pressure will bring strong wind.

Gales could reach 80 to 90 miles per hour in the area.

Such a yellow warning of wind includes the possibility of flying debris, travel disruption (road, air, ferry), power cuts and damage related to large waves.

Mr Dewhurst added: “The wind warnings across northern Scotland later Sunday and into Monday morning could lead to some travel disruption, particularly for ferry services, so it is worth staying up to date with the latest forecast.”

Jim Andrews, a meteorologist from told “The warnings are valid mostly for the Hebrides, Orkney, and Shetland along with a bit of the Scotland Northwest.

“Put another way, these warnings cover only a small fraction of Scotland.

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“Thus, barring a more southeasterly track, this storm will prove less worrying for most UK residents than the warnings of last week.”

The Met Office expects temperatures to remain wintery and even rather cold in the South before Christmas.

After starting rather overcast, cloud amounts should reduce with time, increasing the risk of overnight frost and fog.

The fog could be slow to clear in the mornings, perhaps lasting all day in some places.

An increasing risk of frost and fog is expected for Christmas and New Year, with colder temperatures in the south at times, where ice is most likely.

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