UNITED KINGDOM may be covered in a ghostly white blanket the week BEFORE Halloween, as winter comes early this year.
Temperatures will drop drastically in the coming weeks, meaning tricks or therapists can put on woolen hats and gloves.
Snow could hit northern England, the highlands and Scottish borders on October 24, WXCharts’ long-distance forecast has suggested.
Conditions will quickly become turbulent across the UK ahead of a bitter cold towards the end of the month as the Atlantic weather front moves in.
Although the forecast is difficult to confirm so far in advance, a more active jet stream indicates that the unorthodox October weather may be on the maps in some areas.
Brian Gaze, director and predictor of The Weather Outlook, told The Sun: “High pressure is currently bringing dry and mild or even quite warm conditions to large parts of the UK, although Atlantic weather fronts are keeping it more turbulent in the northwest.
“Towards the end of the month, some computer models indicate that high pressure will be centered north or west of the UK,” he said.
“If that happens, there is an increasing likelihood of colder weather leading to a risk of frost at night becoming quite widespread.
“There may be sleet or snow showers over high terrain in the northern half of the UK.”
It comes ahead of a “colder run-off period” expected during the transition to November.
Former BBC weatherman and meteorologist Weathertrending John Hammond also suggested that the British could dust snow off their pumpkins.
“With a more active jet stream, there is likely to be sometimes wet and windy weather at that time,” he said.
“It is likely that when the Arctic freezes, the onset of northerly winds across the UK will at times bring colder air, increasing the chance of snow to some northern hills and mountains, especially at the end of the month.
“Frost will also be a bigger threat at that time, but it would not be anything out of the ordinary.”
The Met office previously warned that temperatures in some areas could plummet by 10C for weeks as the cold sets in early November.
BARM WEEK OF WEATHER
Met meteorologist at the Met Office, Greg Dewhurst, told The Sun Online in the past: “We’ll probably see some snow in higher parts as October moves into November.
“Probably areas to be affected are the Scottish mountains as well as higher terrain in northern England and northern Wales.
“Low areas will hardly see anyone. It’s perfectly normal for this time of year.”
And bookmakers have also predicted a white Halloween, with odds that snow will fall in a major UK city by the end of October.
It comes after a week of warm weather across the country as temperatures rose to 18C today – days after a series of floods due to heavy rain.
Storms have made room for a plume of warm air from the continent drawn in by the remnants of Hurricane Sam.
The British have been sunbathing and temperatures up to 21C since Thursday, also with a hot and dry weekend.
According to forecasters, southwesterly winds draw into tropical air, making it hot during the day and mild at night.
The Sun Online has contacted the Met Office for comment.