Met Office Christmas Day weather warning issued for most of the country

Most of the UK faces a freezing fog misery on Christmas Day, the Met Office has warned.

Eight regions have been issued with yellow weather warnings, as forecasters predict a huge band of eerie "freezing fog will become widespread".

East Midlands, East of England, London and the South East, North East England, South West England, West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber are said to be affected by the mist.

"The visibility may fall to around 50 metres at times," the Met Office said.

"Fog will tend to thin and lift in western and some central areas of England overnight, but will be slow to clear on Christmas Day in the east, perhaps persisting for much or all of the day in parts of Eastern England."

The warnings will remain place in all the regions until 11am on Christmas morning.

It will be frosty in northern Scotland.

But no snow is yet forecast for any regions.

Dozens of flood alerts are also in place across the country.

Motorways and roads are expected to be congested – meaning motorists should brace for significant delays.

Christmas Day will later be cloudy and dry for most of the country.

Patchy drizzle is expected in western areas.

Mild temperatures are expected across the country, meaning the odds of a white Christmas are now extremely slim.

Forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: "(Fog) could be quite dense from this evening and through the night tonight.

"It will be a grey start for most. In the east it will be mostly dry, an odd spot of drizzle is possible in the west."

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