British weather forecast predicts snow may hit parts of the country on October 24 – just weeks after an Indian summer saw temperatures above 20C rivaling Barcelona
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Snow could hit parts of the UK during the half-year holidays in October with temperatures expected to drop dramatically in the coming weeks.
Northern England, the highlands and the Scottish borders could see snow as early as October 24, a few weeks after the British sunbathed in an Indian summer.
It comes as parts of the UK are expected to be as hot as Barcelona and Los Angeles through this weekend, with temperatures in the southern rival destinations usually sunnier and warmer at this time of year.
For Saturday morning, a fog warning was issued by the Met Office for much of England.
The British should make the most of the weekend’s disproportionately hot October weather – the long-term forecast calls for things to get colder and snow to fall over higher terrain in the UK as the month moves into November.
The Sun reports that a cool week awaits ahead in the mid-week week of October 25-31 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 indicate that high pressure will be centered north or west of the UK.
“If that happens, there is an increasing likelihood of colder weather leading to a risk of frost becoming quite widespread at night. There may be sleet or snow showers over high terrain in the northern half of the UK.”
The Met Office has previously warned that higher parts of the UK are likely to see snowfall towards the latter part of October.
Predictors said a “colder period” will soon begin, with snow likely to cover the Scottish mountains and higher terrain in England and Wales.
Meteorologist Greg Dewhurst of the Met Office said: “We will 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.”
The Met Office’s long-distance forecast from 20 October to 3 November says the weather will be more turbulent across the UK.
With Office weather forecast
Fog clearing, then large parts of England and Wales dry with sunny periods and feel reasonably warm.
Cloud and rain over Scotland and Northern Ireland with sunny periods in the northwest later.
Expectations for Sunday to Tuesday:
Rain or showers likely in the north at times.
Otherwise mostly dry with variable cloud and some sunshine.
Fog and mist can come overnight, slowly clearing during the day.