Britain will wake up to a chilly weekend, with widespread frost and patches of fog potentially causing dangerous driving conditions. Temperatures are expected to plummet to -7C (19.4F) in some rural areas, according to forecasters.
A cold start on Friday morning resulted in temperatures as low as -7C in South Farnborough, Hampshire, -6C in Woburn, Bedfordshire, and -6C in Benson, Oxfordshire.
A Met Office spokesman said: “The cold conditions are expected to continue into the weekend with widespread frost expected, especially throughout the south of England.”
The AA said drivers should plan their journeys. “Wear warm layers and plan your route, where possible favouring roads which have been gritted. Stopping distances can be 10 times greater in icy conditions, so keep your speed down and leave plenty of extra space behind the car in front,” a spokesman said.
“Avoid harsh acceleration, braking or cornering. Gentle manoeuvres are key. It may mean you need to allow extra time for the journey – plus extra time to de-ice the car – but you will be keeping yourself and your passengers safe. “If it’s foggy, use your fog lights if you need to – don’t rely on automatic lights, as they may not come on in fog – but remember to turn them off once visibility improves.” Read more