Hungry polar bears at night could be one of the fiercest dangers that Portsmouth-born explorer Alex Hibbert faces when he tackles one of the last great Arctic challenges.
Moving fractured sea ice, unpredictable weather conditions and temperatures as low as -50C could also throw up problems as he makes an unsupported attempt to reach the North Pole in the depths of Winter.
He sets off today.
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Amanda Houston has Wednesday's forecast for the west of the region.
Amanda has Wednesday's forecast for the east of the ITV Meridian region.
Amanda Houston has the lunchtime forecast for the west of the ITV Meridian Meridian region.