Snow could hit parts of the UK during the October half-term holidays with temperatures expected to plummet dramatically in the coming weeks.
The north of England, the Highlands and the Scottish Borders could see snow as early as 24 October, just weeks after Britons bask in an Indian summer.
It comes as parts of Britain are set to be as warm as Barcelona and Los Angeles through this weekend, with temperatures in the south rivalling destinations that are usually sunnier and warmer at this time of year.
For Saturday morning, a fog warning was issued by the Met Office for a large section of England.
Brits should make the most of this weekend’s unseasonably warm October weather – the long-term forecast calls for things to turn colder and snow to fall over higher ground in the UK as the month moves into November.
The Sun reports that a chilly week lies ahead during the half-term week of 25 to 31 October, as the Atlantic weather front moves in.
Brian Gaze, director and forecaster for The Weather Outlook, said: ”Towards the end of the month, some computer models are indicating that high pressure will become centred to the north or west of the UK.
“If that happens there would be a growing likelihood of colder weather leading to a risk of nighttime frosts becoming quite widespread. There could be sleet or snow showers over high ground in the northern half of the UK.”
Forecasters said a “colder period” is starting soon, with snow likely to blanket the Scottish mountains and higher ground in England and Wales.
Met Office senior meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said: “We’re likely to see some snowy weather in higher parts as October moves into November.
“Likely areas to be affected are the Scottish mountains as well as higher ground in northern England and northern Wales.
“Low areas are unlikely to see any. It’s quite normal for this time of year.”
The Met Office’s long-range forecast from October 20 to November 3 says the weather will turn more widely unsettled across the UK.
Met Office weather forecast
Fog clearing, then much of England and Wales dry with sunny spells and feeling fairly warm.
Cloud and rain across Scotland and Northern Ireland with sunny spells in northwest later.
Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:
Rain or showers likely at times in the north.
Otherwise, predominately dry with variable cloud and some sunshine.
Mist and fog patches possible overnight, slowly clearing by day.