Fog and flooding to bring travel misery to Britain on New Year’s Day

Fog and flooding are set to strike Britain today, causing traffic disruption for many.

Low visibility is expected in swathes of the country this morning, while flood warnings are in force across south-west England.

The Environment Agency has predicted travel disruption as roads and homes are flooded.

The organisation has issued 21 flood warnings and 40 less serious flood alerts.

A netweather.tv spokesman said: "There will be fog for southern England on Wednesday morning.

"There are still flood warnings in place for SW England for some rivers and from groundwater.

"A weak weather front will bring more cloud in from the NW with damp weather for the Western Isles and NW Highlands.

"There still could be the odd light shower for Devon or Somerset but overall another quiet day after the early fog in the south.


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"Temperatures will be around 4 to 8C with more of a SW breeze picking up for Scotland. All fine for a New Year’s Day walk."

An Environment Agency flood risk forecast states: "Local groundwater flooding is expected in parts of Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, West and East Sussex and Brighton for at least the next five days.

"Land, roads and some properties will flood and there will be travel disruption."

Tonight will be mostly grey and cloudy, with the odd spot of rain or drizzle in southern England.


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A few clear spells are likely in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, northern and western England.

Patchy rain is possible by dawn in Northern Ireland and western Scotland.

Tomorrow should start dry but cloudy across England and Wales.

Scotland and Northern Ireland will start overcast with a few spots of rain or drizzle but heavy rain will spread eastwards through the morning.


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In the afternoon, southern and eastern England will remain dry and cloudy, with rain elsewhere.

Friday will be mostly sunny after early patches of rain clears in south-eastern parts of England.

However scattered showers are expected in northern Scotland.

Saturday will be wet in Scotland, while Northern Ireland and northern England will be dry and cloudy.

Wales and southern England are set to enjoy sunny spells.

Mostly dry but rather cloudy, though there should be a few breaks over Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England. Chance of a few spots of rain over parts of the far south and southwest of England. Windy in the north.

Tonight:

Most areas dry but often rather cloudy. Windy in the north, especially northwest Scotland where cloud thickening to give spells of rain later in the night.

Thursday:

A windy and rather cloudy day, especially for northern Scotland, with rain spreading southeastwards into many regions. Much of eastern, central and southern England likely staying dry until after dark.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Rain clearing southwards on Friday with most places dry; although windy with wintry showers in the extreme north. Breezy, often cloudy but mostly dry away from northwest Scotland this weekend.

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