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Brits lap up glorious autumn sunshine – but forecasters warn frosts, ice and snow will hit TOMORROW in -4C winter chill

BRITS soaked up the last rays of autumnal sunshine across the land as they braced for the biting chill to come.

The UK is set to freeze as Arctic winds are pulled across the country and temperatures could plummet to -4C.

Brave swimmers went for a dip on Brighton beach this morning
Brave swimmers went for a dip on Brighton beach this morning
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Swimmers braved the seas on the south coast as the temperatures continued to hold out before the coming drop.

Strong winds are expected to sweep through Britain bringing cloud and some rain showers, as the last of the warm weather arrives today.

It will change dramatically from today’s blue skies and sunshine today as from tomorrow Brits will feel distinctly chillier this weekend.

A low pressure weather system is expected to drag in a cold blast from the Arctic and sink the country into more wintry weather.

Members of the Brighton Swimming club enjoyed their weekend morning swim
Members of the Brighton Swimming club enjoyed their weekend morning swim
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A walker welcomes the sun at Red Rock beach in Dawlish, Devon
A walker welcomes the sun at Red Rock beach in Dawlish, Devon
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Denbighshire, North Wales, welcomed a sunny start this morning
Denbighshire, North Wales, welcomed a sunny start this morning
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Sunday morning will see a widespread frost after a cold and clear night for most areas of the country, following on from a very windy day on Saturday.

However, the country has not plummeted into winter just yet, as temperatures will move back up next week and it should feel warmer again.

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Autumn colours reflected in Buttermere Lake in the Lake District, Cumbria[/caption]

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A chilly morning gave way to bright sunshine and warmer weather[/caption]

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Autumnal colours reflect stunningly in the Cumbrian lake[/caption]

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A fisherman takes a boat out on Holingworth Lake, Lancashire, on a cold morning[/caption]

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It was a colder start to the day for much of the country – in Lancashire morning breaks over a lake[/caption]

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The sun rises over a misty Castleton in the Hope Valley, Peak District[/caption]

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A man walks his dog by a chilly lake in the morning Lancashire air[/caption]

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The sun rises over a misty Castleton in the Hope Valley, Peak District[/caption]

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Dawn breaks as the UK prepared for a chilly start to a bright and warm day[/caption]

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The UK will see the last of the warm weather for a few days after a day of sunshine over much of the country today[/caption]

A Met Office spokeswoman said: “Today most places are dry and fine with plenty of sunshine around.

“It will be the last day where we feel a bit of warmth across the whole country.

“We are going to see temperatures dropping tomorrow and over the weekend. We have got some cloud and some rain arriving in the north of the UK overnight.

“Tomorrow will be quite a blustery day. The winds across more north eastern parts of the UK could see some quite gusty winds of 50-60mph in some places.

“On Sunday that cloud and rain in the north begins to work its way south. Further north it will start to clear up and that’s when we get colder air coming in.

“It won’t be quite as windy as Saturday, but it will be quite windy.

“We are looking at a widespread ground frost. We might see a -2C in some sheltered glens in Scotland and some valleys.”

The sun rises over the Thames Barrier, on the River Thames in east London
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Temperatures are forecast to drop over the weekend as the UK see the last of the mild Autumn weather[/caption]

The UK is set for an icy blast to hit this weekend, this Ventusky weather map shows the clouds above the country at 10am on Saturday
The UK is set for an icy blast to hit this weekend, this Ventusky weather map shows the clouds above the country at 10am on Saturday
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This Met Office weather graphic shows most of the country will see rain and cloud on Saturday evening
This Met Office weather graphic shows most of the country will see rain and cloud on Saturday evening
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Meteorologists say balmier conditions felt this week are moving south across the Channel today making way for a cold spell.

Met Office forecaster Ollie Claydon, said yesterday: ”

“Saturday morning will by cloudy and we could see some drizzle, which will move into the North and spread eastwards.

“The best chance of dry weather will be in the South and East with top temperatures of 16 to 17C.

“Moving into Sunday, wind will pick up for the North East as a low pressure develops.

“Sunday will be a predominantly dry day for many and the next movement is some colder air far north of Scotland.

“There we could see wintry showers and slushy sleet on higher grounds in the afternoon.

“Going into Sunday night, it will be cold with lows of -4C in some exposed rural areas.”

Huge waves lash Aberystwyth in Wales as Storm Brian hit last weekend
Huge waves lash Aberystwyth in Wales as Storm Brian hit last weekend
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A swathe of cold air is set to sweep in across the country at the weekend
A swathe of cold air is set to sweep in across the country at the weekend

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Storm Brian caused widespread disruption at the weekend as temperatures take a tumble this weekend
Storm Brian caused widespread disruption at the weekend as temperatures take a tumble this weekend
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Forecasters say the weather will be “changeable” from Monday, with strong winds, clouds and outbreaks of rain as November sees more “unsettled conditions”.

Another forecaster added: “Into the start of November we will continue to see unsettled weather with rain and strong winds at times, interspersed with brighter and showery conditions.

“At times it will feel cold, especially in the north and east where there is a risk of snow over the hills of Scotland.

“However, as we head into November, it may turn more settled in the south, leading to bright, chilly conditions and a risk of frost and fog overnight.”

Brits have enjoyed unseasonably warm weather this week, with the mercury reaching 18C in London this week.

But it’s not to last as forecasters say a change in wind direction will see an area of low pressure from the Atlantic collide with colder air from the north.

Channel 4 forecaster Liam Dutton said as we move into November, the nights will start to feel colder and frostier.

He said: “Frosty nights and hill snow for UK to start November.

“October has been a generally mild month for much of the UK.

“It’s also been unsettled, with rain and brisk winds at times.

“However, November will start on a colder note, with frost nights and hill snow likely.

“For much of October the wind has been coming from a mild south to south-west direction.

“Early November will see the wind coming from a north to north-west direction.

“This will bring cold air across much of the country from the Arctic.

“As Arctic air arrives, temperatures will tumble into the beginning of November. Daytime temperatures are likely to struggle to get higher than 10C for much of the UK.

Start of November;
– turning colder ✅
– frosty nights ✅
– hill snow in north ✅
– chilly wind ✅
– some fog ✅
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— Liam Dutton (@liamdutton) October 25, 2017

“Temperatures at night are likely to get close to or a little below freezing – especially in rural areas.

“As temperatures tumble, showers will start to turn wintry over the hills and mountains in the north.

“The greatest chance of hill snow will be from North Wales northwards across the UK.

“With the ground still relatively warm, any snow is only likely to settle over the higher mountains.

“As temperatures tumble away, the typical late autumn weather hazards of frost, fog and ice will arrive.

“Frost and ice will mean morning of scraping car windscreens and watching out for icy patches.

“Fog will reduce visibility, slowing down travel and potentially causing airport delays.”

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