18th February 2019

Weather warning for ‘freezing fog patches’ causing ‘difficult’ driving conditions

A yellow weather warning of fog is in place across South West England.

Freezing fog patches are expected to become more widespread and locally dense this evening, overnight and tomorrow morning.

The Met Office has warned driving conditions will be difficult during this time with journeys likely to take longer than usual whilst some delays to air travel are possible.

The Met Office’s Chief Forecaster said:

“A few patches of fog will persist during Wednesday afternoon across East Wales, the Midlands and eastern England, then reforming or thickening up over these areas quickly during the evening and more widely across the rest of the warning area overnight and into Thursday morning. Whilst not all areas will have fog, where it does form the visibility could be less than 100 metres. Combined with temperatures below freezing, there is also the risk of ice forming on some untreated surfaces particularly later in the night and early on Thursday morning.

The fog patches are expected to slowly thin during Thursday, although some patches may persist throughout the day – most likely in a zone from the West Country to Eastern England.”

The warning is in place for Gloucestershire, Somerset, Devon, Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Swindon, Bournemouth and Poole from 17:00 on Wednesday until 12:00 on Thursday.