A lorry crashed this morning as roads across Britain were cloaked in heavy fog, leading to travel chaos for workers.
The HGV hit a tree between the villages of Headcorn and Langley in Kent, as thick mists led to vastly reduced visibility for drivers. Police were called at 8.34am to reports a lorry left the carriageway on the A274, leading to a closure of the road.
The Met Office issued a yellow warning of heavy fog across much of England earlier today – stretching from Exeter in the southwest all the way to Newcastle upon Tyne.
London City Airport reported delays and cancellations due to poor weather and advised passengers to check with their airlines.
Despite the glum start to the day, temperatures are expected to rise quickly – soaring up to 17C (62.6F) in northwest Wales this afternoon.
A HGV collided into a tree in Headcorn, Kent, at around 8.30am this morning and led to the closure of a dual carriageway
The collision happened as heavy fog brought travel chaos to many parts of England
The Met Office stated: ‘Large areas of fog have developed across much of England overnight with visibility of 50-100 metres in many places leading to some challenging travel conditions. Fog will gradually lift through mid to late morning.’
National Highways Yorkshire issued a warning that traffic was stopped in both directions between Junctions 41 and 42 of the M1 in West Yorkshire after an accident.
Several flights were also cancelled at Heathrow Airport this morning – it is unknown as yet whether the misty conditions were the cause.
The Met Office explained the impact fog could have on flights today, adding: ‘Fog, snow, ice and crosswinds mean that air traffic controllers have to increase the gap between planes that are landing, reducing the number of aircraft that an airport can manage.
‘The same weather can make it slower and more difficult for the planes to taxi between runway and terminal building.
‘As many commercial flights are cruising more than five miles above the ground, they can be affected by different weather than we are experiencing on the ground.’
Temperatures across much of England will rise considerably later today, from lows below freezing to 12C or 13C this afternoon, with the highest climes predicted in northwest Wales.
The HGV left the dual carriageway between Langley and Headcorn in Kent and collided into a tree
Emergency workers survey the damage in Kent this morning after the HGV came off the road
There was a mixture of early morning fog and steam on the Bluebell Railway this morning as the loco Fenchurch makes its way up the track at Sheffield Park for the first service on the day
An aircraft at London City Airport is veiled in a thin layer fog during sunrise this morning – the airport has since advised of delays and cancellations to flights
The Met Office’s yellow warning covers much of England – stretching from Exeter in the southwest all the way to Newcastle upon Tyne – with fears the thick mists could cause travel chaos for commuters
London City Airport has already reported delays and cancellations due to adverse weather conditions, and advised passengers to check with their airlines
A train pushes through dense fog this morning in St Albans
Runners cross Windsor Bridge in Windsor, Berkshire, as the UK wakes up to a foggy start for the day
Hyde Park in west London was blanketed in a layer of fog this morning as joggers passed through
Hyde Park was under a heavy cover of mist as commuters made their way to work
Millions of Britons stepped out onto to streets cloaked in fog this morning, as Valentine’s Day got off to a chilly start with temperatures below freezing
A runner is surrounded by mist by the woods this morning in Dunsden, Oxfordshire
Vehicles make their way down the foggy country roads in Oxfordshire today
As the fog clears, temperatures will quickly rise – reaching double digits in some parts of the country
The mild weather will stay into the evening, with most regions experiencing climes of around 7C (44.6F)
Wimbledon Common was shrouded in dense fog this morning as commuters made their way to work
A man and woman walk their dog across Wimbledon Common
The Long Walk in Windsor was barely visible this morning due to heavy fog
BBC forecaster Matt Taylor said: ‘A Valentine’s Day of wardrobe dilemmas for some of you, frosty and in some places foggy start, but by the afternoon, spring-like warmth, 16C (60.8F), 17C (62.7F) possible in north west Wales, well above the 8C (46.4F) average for this stage in the month.
‘Why the warmth, well we are on the west of this massive high pressure keeping things dry across much of western Europe. Because we are on the western side we’ve got a southerly wind developing but before that really gets going, most noticeable in western areas, where temperatures above freezing.
‘Elsewhere a frosty start to the day -4C (24.8F), -5C (23F) in one or two spots and dense patches of fog.’
The Met Office adds that tonight will see clouds and heavy outbreaks of rain across western Scotland and Northern Ireland. Other areas will stay dry with long clear spells and a patchy frost.
Tomorrow, a bout of cloud and rain will affect eastern England but will gradually fade in the afternoon. Much of the country will stay dry, bright and mild until later in the southeast.
Meanwhile, Thursday will see ‘changeable’ weather with patches of rain or drizzle in most places at times, but ‘also some drier, brighter spells’.