Brits are enjoying a mild start to November but a big freeze is on its way and the bad news is forecasters are predicting it is not far off.
While parts of the country has been hit with showers, floods and gales over the past couple of weeks, temperatures have remained mild and it even reached the unseasonal 17C in Flinshire on Monday.
But after more wind and rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Wanda, the Met Office has said that freezing temperatures are around the corner – starting on November 14 with a significant drop in the mercury and snowfall across the UK.
Bookies have slashed the odds on this being the coldest November ever, from 3-1 to just 50-4.
Weather maps are showing the risk of snow will grow next week.
On Wednesday, November 17, there is a high possibility of snow in Scotland and then over the following day it is likely to hit the North East of England.
Then the risk of snow grows down the eastern side of the UK before the map on November 20 suggests most of the UK will have a very high chance of snow. The worst affected will be Scotland, northern England and the Midlands.
Temperatures will have nose dived to as low as -6C in parts of Scotland and could be around -1C in southern England on November 18.
It is predicted to get even colder going down to -3C in southern England and -11C in northern Scotland in the early hours of November 21.
“We are headed for a big November freeze,” Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead told The Sun.
“It’s left us with no choice but to significantly slash the odds on this month entering the record books as the coldest eleventh month of the year the UK has ever seen.”
The Met Office said that there is likely to be a drop in temperatures at the start of next week and then again at the end of the month.
It stated: “Remaining changeable and autumnal particularly to the north through the start of this period as low-pressure systems dominate, sometimes accompanied by rain and strong winds.
“Elsewhere while rain is possible at times, drier and brighter conditions are more likely in the south and southeast regions, although some rain will likely reach even here at times.
“A rather cold start to the period will likely be followed by a brief recovery in temperatures, before a further likely trend down later on in the month. Later on in the month there will also be an increasing chance of some wintry conditions, mainly over the higher ground in the north, but with a slight risk to lower levels.”
A few bright spells in south-east England, else central and southern areas cloudy with outbreaks of rain and drizzle and a good deal of hill fog. Northern areas having sunny spells and some showers, most in the far north.
Low cloud, mist and fog across central and southern areas with some drizzle. Clear periods further north with patchy frost and fog, but heavy showers and gales in far north.
Low cloud lifting slowly, with some fog persisting until early afternoon over eastern England, then sunny spells. Showers in the north, then rain and strong winds into the northwest later.
Outlook for Friday to Sunday:
Breezy with outbreaks of rain on Friday, heaviest in the northwest. Over the weekend, cloudy in the east with some drizzle, brighter in the west. Mild, turning colder later.