London weather: Rush-hour commuters face snow and ice warning as cold snap to last all week

London commuters were facing a snow and ice warning on Tuesday morning as the UK was plunged into freezing conditions forecasters say will last all week. Temperatures

dropped to a frosty -2C in London first thing on Tuesday, with the Met Office warning it would feel more like -4C. The mercury is expected to remain low in the capital for

the next few days, not reaching higher than 5C until Sunday. A level three cold alert was issed for all parts of England on Monday by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA),

a Government health agency, in response to “severe winter weather”. Meanwhile forecasters issued a yellow warning for ice across southern England which is in place until

10am on Tuesday morning, with ice likely to cause difficult driving conditions. A similar warning for snow and ice is in place for Cornwall, parts of the north-west and

Wales, large parts of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and northern Scotland. Many Cornwall residents awoke to snowy scenes on Tuesday morning, and shared

photos on Twitter. The Met Office has warned all of England will experience cold weather until 9am on Friday. The UKHSA is encouraging people to stay warm and to look

out for those most at risk from the effects of cold weather. Dr Agostinho Sousa, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at UKHSA, said: “Cold weather can have a

serious impact on health, particularly older people and those with pre-existing health conditions, as it increases the risks of heart attacks, strokes and chest

infections.