It’s all change as far as the weather is concerned. The unsettled, mild weather of Christmas is a thing of the past as many of us see colder, more settled, and at times sunny, weather as we head towards the New Year.
High pressure is once again regaining control over the UK bringing colder and more settled conditions. Fog and ice are likely to be an issue for many over the next few days. The fog could be slow to clear at times and together with the risk of ice this could well affect road and air travel.
Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Steve Ramsdale, said; “There is plenty of good news in the forecast for those heading out and about, much of the country will be dry with many places seeing spells of sunshine. The far north of the UK will see some rain at times and it will also be windy, but nothing compared to recent days. "
RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: “Drivers’ are facing a mix of hazards – notably much colder temperatures, ice and fog that is slow to clear. Lingering fog calls for drivers to adjust their speed and maintain longer stopping distances. Use dipped headlights, but don’t be tempted to use full beam – thick fog simply reflects the light back making it even harder to see. Only use your car’s fog lights if visibility is badly reduced, as using them when it’s not means you risk dazzling other drivers.
"Motorists should remember that if their car thermometer records a temperature of 4 degrees or lower, there is a good chance the road temperature is near or even below freezing, meaning a very real risk of ice and slippery roads. Keep listening to traffic reports before you start your trip and if conditions are bad, aim to stick to major routes which are much more likely to be gritted."
New Years Eve is looking cloudy and breezy, but largely dry for much of England and Wales, with the brightest weather in the east. A band of rain, sometimes heavy, will affect the northwest and slowly move south towards central England and Wales.
Behind the rain the temperatures are expected to turn colder with some snow showers for the far north of Scotland along with strong winds. Southern England however will remain relatively mild until New Year’s Day.