Bristol Weather: Met Office issues yellow weather alert for fog - here are the details

 A “stubborn fog” has descended and temperatures are set to plummet in Bristol as pressure builds across the UK

A weather warning has been sounded to commuters as a thick fog descends over Bristol. The Met Office said the misty conditions were likely to cause travel disruption in the city this morning (Tuesday, November 29) as it issued the “yellow” level alert.

The weather warning will be in place until 11am today. The Met Office said that until then “slower journey times” with “delays to bus and train services” were possible, and there was also a chance of “delays or cancellations” to flights.

The warning covers not just Bristol but much of the UK, including the West Midlands, Lancashire, parts of Yorkshire and Northern Ireland. Claire Nasir, a meteorologist from The Met Office said that the fog was a result of “pressure building across the UK”.

She added: “If you’re stepping out first thing on Tuesday morning, wrap up warm and also be aware that fog could be dense, so some tricky driving conditions with poor visibility. Through the morning this stubborn fog will linger on.

“Where you see where that fog lingers as well as that low cloud, temperatures really will struggle. It’s going to be a dull day, a cold one, with temperatures below average for this time of year.”

Ms Nasir said it would be “pretty much a repeat performance” as we moved into mid-week, with temperatures plummeting even further, although towards the weekend conditions will be dry. She said: “Wherever you are, there’ll be some good, dry weather around but wrap up warm, there’s a risk of fog, frost and some chilly, old days.”

Met Office advice for travelling in fog

  • Avoid travel if possible
  • Drive very slowly with dipped headlights, full-beam lights reflect off the fog causing a ‘white wall’ effect
  • Keep an eye on your speed - fog can give the illusion of moving in slow motion
  • Use fog lights, but remember to turn them off when the visibility improves
  • Don’t hang on the tail lights of the car in front, rear lights can give a false sense of security
  • Watch out for freezing fog which is made of water droplets that freeze on contact with objects such as the pavement, road, car, etc. It can quickly form a layer of ice.