In the midst of an unusually mild October, the Met Office has alerted us to the impending arrival of winter. Brace yourselves for the chilly, sunlit days that many adore, as a cold snap is about to sweep across the UK. Snowfall is even anticipated in the higher regions of Scotland. From Sunday to Tuesday, the forecast for the south suggests a transition into brighter, crisper weather, accompanied by generous doses of autumn sunshine.
During this period, high pressure will dominate the entire country, ensuring predominantly dry conditions with sunny intervals during the day and the possibility of scattered showers at night, mainly in the far north. Expect chilly nights marked by frost and fog, especially in rural areas. It’s quite a contrast from the recent balmy weather, where temperatures soared to 27°C. Today, the south enjoys a relatively cozy 20°C, although cloud cover and a wet weather warning dampen the mood. However, on Sunday, temperatures are slated to plummet to around 11°C before recovering slightly to about 15°C by the week’s end.
According to Alex Burkill, a meteorologist at the Met Office, some regions might witness temperatures that are a staggering 10°C lower than the previous weekend. Saturday promises a sunny start for many, although intermittent showers will be carried in by the brisk northerly winds. Scotland might experience wintry conditions, with blustery weather prevailing throughout the country.
Heading south into England, Saturday will be milder but still cold. Frost is expected on Sunday in northern areas, accompanied by a few showers in parts of Wales. While many areas will remain dry and sunny, don’t expect beach weather. Temperatures will hover around 12°C or 13°C, with some northern regions dipping into single digits. Burkill warned that Monday will also be chilly, potentially requiring car owners to scrape frost off their windshields.
Looking ahead to next week, there might be some rainfall, causing temperatures to rise once again toward the week’s end. The Met Office issued a rain warning covering Wales, parts of the West Midlands including Birmingham, and areas south of Cambridge, which lasted until midnight tonight. The warning cautions residents about occasional heavy rain sweeping across southwest Britain on Thursday evening, extending to much of England and Wales on Friday.
Residents in these regions are advised to be cautious due to spray and flooding, which could prolong journey times. Additionally, there is a likelihood of flooding in homes and businesses. Stay prepared and stay safe as we transition from the mild autumn days to the chilly embrace of winter.