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Birmingham prepares for freezing fog and -5C

2012-12-09 23:15:51

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The West Midlands is bracing itself for some icy nights as the region is set for its coldest temperatures of the year.

Winter is set to bite with a vengeance in Birmingham city centre this week, with forecasters predicting a bitterly cold -5C by overnight on Wednesday, as freezing fog promises to be a lingering hazard.

But the Met Office is steering clear of making predictions of a white Christmas - with the snow anticipated by many weather-watchers over the next few days also looking set to miss our area.

Mark Wilson, forecaster with the Met Office said that although the weather would stay largely dry and bright, council gritter lorries would have a regular presence on the city's roads on evenings this week.

He said: "Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and possibly Thursday nights are going to be freezing, and temperatures are taking a real tumble.

"From Monday night into Tuesday there's a risk of isolated patches of freezing fog which may linger for a lot of Tuesday. Temperatures may struggle to rise much above freezing in some parts on Tuesday.

"It will be a degree or so colder on Wednesday, reaching 3C at the very best, and bitterly cold overnight, down to -4 or -5 in towns and cities.

"In some rural spots it could drop to -6 or -7, with a very severe frost. For this time of year, it's a lot colder than we would expect."

Snow would be largely restricted to the east of England, he added.

Gritters from Birmingham City Council, Staffordshire County Council and Walsall Council were out on the roads on Sunday night.

Birmingham council's Twitter feed warned: "Please wrap-up warm and take extra care if you're out and about."

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