Parts of the UK could see snowfall tonight as the country faces the first frost of the season this week with temperatures reaching 26F.
The last of the weekend’s heavy rain – accompanied by gusty winds of up to 40km/h – eased on Monday after more than half a month of rain in some parts of the weekend, leading to falling temperatures by the end of this week.
Britons woke up to a frosty Wednesday morning after clear skies last night caused temperatures to drop to as low as 28F (-2C) in Oxfordshire.
Daily temperatures in parts of the Pennines could drop to as high as 41F (5C) later this week – colder than Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, where daily highs of around 45F (7C) are expected.
Meanwhile, the Met Office is forecasting snow to fall in parts of Scotland tonight, with more expected later this month.
Met Office meteorologist Helen Roberts said: “Will there be snow from midnight tonight?
Parts of the UK could see snowfall tonight as the country faces the first frost of the season this week with temperatures reaching 26F. Pictured: Sunrise on a frosty start to November on the River Cam in Grantchester, Cambridgeshire earlier this morning
Pictured: A runner embraces the frosty weather this morning during a run along the River Cam in Grantchester, Cambridgeshire
“Yes is the short answer, with some caveats. It won’t be continuous.
“There will be intermittent showers, really over the highest parts of the Cairngorms and possibly parts of the central and southern Highlands as well.
“However, for the time being, this will really only focus on the highest peaks.”
Ms Roberts said it was “very likely” there would be more snow later this month.
Later in the week, Britons will have to end bonfire night as forecasters have predicted temperatures will plummet below freezing, with temperatures potentially falling as low as 26F (-3C) in southern parts of England.
The Met Office’s Aidan McGivern said: “There will be plenty of bright weather throughout Wednesday, although not entirely sunny in many places.
Temperatures fell this week after a weekend of rain. Pictured: A frost covered leaf in Windsor, Berkshire
Meteorologists have warned that temperatures could fall below freezing this week. Pictured: a swan on the River Cam this morning
Pictured: People wrapping up warm while walking on Wimbledon Common earlier today, covered in thick early morning fog
Pictured: Joggers walk on Wimbledon Common which was covered in heavy early morning fog earlier today
Pictured: The sunrise on a chilly November morning on the River Cam in Grantchester, Cambridgeshire earlier today
“There will also be more showers and it will feel cold, especially on the coast and under any cloud cover.
“The wind is coming from the north with below average temperatures across the board and it has already been a chilly start in places and will continue to feel cold for the rest of the day.
“The winds have changed direction slightly so we are seeing a few more showers on the North Sea coast and a cloud clump came in from the North Sea overnight leaving parts of central and southern England largely cloudy.
“There will be sunny spells towards the south-west, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, but further showers are on the way in coastal areas.
“Under the cloud, in this brisk wind, feeling cold that won’t be much higher than 8 or 9C in some places.
“In the evening this cloud tends to dissipate and move south with clear spells appearing but there will be further showers and clouds moving into the north and east coasts, Irish sea coast, west coast and Cornwall.
Brits will need to wrap up warm throughout the week as temperatures are expected to drop. Pictured: Wimbledon Commons
Pictured: People walk on Wimbledon Common which was covered in heavy fog and frost this morning
A red squirrel in Phoenix Park, Dublin, enjoys a sunnier start to the day than other parts of the British Isles, where thick fog has prevailed
“Where we have the clouds and the breeze off the sea, temperatures should remain at 5-7C but inland we are seeing low single digits with maybe some shelter spots a little below freezing.
“So a touch of frost heading into Thursday with a chilly start for many but a bright start with plenty of sunny skies and some more sunshine compared to Wednesday is expected across central and southern England.
“There will be further showers but they will be limited to the coastal fringes while sunshine will be visible inland. It will still feel cold.
“Sky cleared again on Thursday evening. A frosty night is in store as we start Friday with temperatures down to -3C in some sheltered parts of southern Britain.
Although the weather will be largely sunny, it’s expected to feel chilly with highs just barely in the double digits.
Cool northerly airflow is expected to continue through Friday when winds swing west bringing milder air but a chance of more unsettled weather.
With forecasters predicting significant snowfall over higher ground by the end of the week, bookmakers today made Manchester the favorite for Bonfire night snowfall.