BOXING Day shoppers across the UK will enjoy balmy temperatures of around 11C after one of the mildest Christmas weather forecasts on record.
It’s set to be a fine winters day for many, with very sunny spells developing across southern England, and light winds in the north.
A Met Office forecaster said there would be a “good deal of mist and murk” as low clouds brings some hill fog.
On Christmas Day, “danger to life” fog warnings were issued as visibility in some spots was down to 50m.
But the band of thicker cloud will move across the west overnight, bringing brighter skies on Boxing Day.
Temperatures are a little bit above average, peaking at 10 and 11C in the afternoon.
The rest of the week is expected to be wet and windy at times in the north, and largely dry and cloudy in the south with more fog at times.
Swimmers braved icy waters for a Christmas dip – as much of the country was blighted by freezing fog.
Swimmers descend on Porthcawl beach for the annual Christmas Day swim[/caption]
Swimmers take to the icy waters of the Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park[/caption]
Festive fun for the crowds leaping into Sandford Park Lido in Cheltenham[/caption]
A Christmas smurfette joined in with the fun at the Exmouth Christmas Day swim in Devon[/caption]
Despite roads being busy, the RAC said on Monday conditions on Christmas Eve had been “pretty smooth” with no major problems reported.
Main motorways did see some delays but traffic was generally good, despite an additional two-and-a-half million vehicles on the road.
A RAC spokesman said: “Some areas have been busy around town centres today due to last-minute shopping, but it’s mostly local congestion.”
Highways England lifted more than 200 miles of roadworks on the country’s motorways and major A-roads on Friday to ensure more than 97 per cent of its network is open.
As usual, there are no trains on Christmas Day and only a limited service will run on Boxing Day.
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But some of Network Rail’s 330 Christmas engineering projects have already begun, forcing a number of lines to be closed.
These include no services between London Victoria – the UK’s second busiest station – and Clapham Junction until January 2 due to track renewal.
Crossrail work means there are no trains operating to or from London Paddington on December 30, with a reduced service on December 27, 28, 29 and 31 which could cause problems for airline passengers using Heathrow Airport.
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