UK weather: Freezing fog shrouds swathes of locked-down Britain

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Freezing fog shrouds swathes of locked-down Britain... but it will soon clear before sunny 63F weekend (when we're all meant to be indoors

Parts of Britain were shrouded in thick fog today with drivers warned visibility was below 300ft in some areasMet Office issues fog warning for South East and North East of England this morning with freezing fog patchesIt will clear most areas by 10am before what is expected to be a cold but dry day with highs of only 13C (55F)But warm forecast for this weekend of 17C (63F) in the South, 12C (54F) in the North and 20C (68F) in Wales

By Mark Duell for MailOnline

Published: 07:48 GMT, 6 November 2020 | Updated: 08:15 GMT, 6 November 2020

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Parts of Britain were shrouded in thick fog today with drivers warned visibility was below 300ft in some areas.

The Met Office issued a fog warning for the South East and North East of England this morning with freezing fog patches expected around the London area amid concerns over the weather causing train delays.

A few places will hang on to mist and fog patches but it should clear most areas by 10am before what is expected to be a cold but dry day bringing temperatures of just 13C (55F) in the South and 11C (52F) in the North.

People take care on the narrow country roads on another foggy morning in the countryside at Dunsden in Oxfordshire today

A cyclist makes their way through the thick fog at Dunsden in Oxfordshire this morning after a weather warning was issued

Today will also be bright with autumnal sunny spells, the best of these across southern areas, before a warm forecast for this weekend of 17C (63F) highs in the South, 12C (54F) in the North and 20C (68F) in parts of Wales.

Saturday will be mostly dry with sunny spells but patches of mist and low cloud will linger for much of the day and there is a chance of showers in the north and west.

It will then be largely dull and cloudy on Sunday, and the day will feature outbreaks of rain and showers spreading northwards with sunny spells developing in the south later.

The best of the temperatures tomorrow will be in areas of North West Wales such as Porthmadog with 20C (68F) possible. The UK November maximum temperature is 22.4C (72.3F) at Trawsgoed on November 1, 2015.

The Met Office issued a warning for fog in the South East and North East (left) with highs of 13C/55F expected today (right)

Highs of 17C (63F) in the South and 12C (54F) in the North are expected this weekend, while Wales could get up to 20C (68F)

A mackerel sky at daybreak over the fields of Playhatch in Oxfordshire this morning on the day after Guy Fawkes Night

Another foggy start to the day in the countryside at Clayfield Copse in Berkshire this morning

It comes as the second national lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic began yesterday as pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops closed their doors and people were told to stay at home for the next four weeks.

Schools, universities and nurseries are remaining open - and Boris Johnson has insisted the next month of lockdown should be enough to drive down the spread of coronavirus so the severe restrictions can be eased.  

In other developments, Chancellor Rishi Sunak extended the furlough scheme for the Treasury to cover 80 per cent of wages of employees unable to work until March in a major U-turn from the Government.

And official figures showed a further 378 people died within 28 days of testing positive of Covid-19 as of yesterday, bringing the UK total to 48,120, though separate figures suggest around 63,000 deaths involving the virus. 

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