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BBC Weather warns mercury to plummet 'just below freezing' as icy frost grips UK

Daily Express logo Daily Express 28/11/2022 Claire Anderson
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Fog sits in across much of the UK, with some clear spells along the south coast on Monday. Elsewhere, visibility will be greatly reduced, leading to potentially hazardous driving conditions. Ms Keith-Lucas said: "There is some lingering fog around for some places this morning and that's going to be the story through the week ahead.

"What feels like the relentless rainfall of November is easing now as we head towards the start of December things are looking drier, colder and some mist and some fog patches.

"A lot of dry weather with lingering fog for the likes of York and down towards East Anglia.

"Only around 8C to 9C for the east of England but most of us around 10C to 12C.

"Into the evening hours, it is going to turn chilly quite quickly.

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"The lighter winds too and pretty damp ground around that's a recipe for some widespread and dense fog to form overnight.

"It's going to be a murky start to Tuesday with some fog and also frost as well.

"Temperatures particularly in parts of Scotland just below freezing and just about remaining above freezing further south but certainly likely to see a bit of grass frost.

"We've got the frost and the fog to start off tomorrow and some of this fog could be really quite dense and quite slow to clear as well."

It comes as campaigners found water companies released raw sewage into UK rivers and seas almost 150 times during dry weather - despite being told to do so only when there is heavy rainfall.

Analysis by campaign group Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) of discharge alerts and meteorological data shows so-called "dry spills" occurred at least 146 times "at a conservative estimate" when there was no rain recorded between October last year and September.

The spills are intended to occur only during times of exceptional rainfall to help the sewage network cope, with releases at other times a potential breach of water firms' permits.

Some 95 of the dry spills were at locations where water quality was classified as "excellent", making "a mockery of the categorisation system for designated bathing waters in the UK", the SAS report said.

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Southern Water was responsible for four times as many dry spills as the next worst offender, South West Water, SAS said.

Over the same period, SAS issued 9,216 sewage pollution alerts via its Safer Seas & Rivers Service, which covers more than 450 beach and river spots across the UK and is designed to help the public make informed decisions about where and when they swim, surf or paddle.

A quarter (2,053) were during the 2022 bathing season and 39% of sickness cases reported to SAS correlated with the alerts, the group said.

The SAS report comes ahead of data expected next week from the Environment Agency, which will reveal the frequency and duration of sewage discharges in England this summer.

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