Pictures show thick blanket of haar covering Edinburgh as sub-zero temperatures hit Capital

Visibility has been hit in the city.

Tuesday, 19th November 2019, 8:56 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th November 2019, 9:05 am

Edinburgh residents woke this morning (Tuesday) to a thick blanket of haar covering the city and sub-zero conditions.

The thick, fog-like phenomenon has covered the city, reducing visiblity and making driving conditions much more hazardous.

Coupled with the sub-zero temperatures that are currently hitting the city, the morning weather conditions are less than perfect, to say the least.

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Visibility has been hit in the city due to haar

Will it get above freezing today?

The Met Office predict that the freezing temperatures will continue until around lunchtime today.

There will be highs of 3° around 2pm, before the mercury begins to fall again going through the afternoon and evening.

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Typically it forms in spring and summer over eastern Scotland and England

What is haar and how come it's so thick?

Typically it forms in spring and summer over eastern Scotland and England

Variants of the term in Scots and northern English include har, hare, harl, harr and hoar.

Fog is a more general term referring to the weather phenomenon caused by tiny water droplets which become suspended in the air. It can form over bodies of land such as valleys and slopes, as well as over the sea.

When mild and moist air sits over chilly waters, you often get low cloud, mist, fog and drizzle.

The haar is then blown inland by the wind.