With the clocks going back across Britain this weekend, it’s a sure sign that winter will soon be upon us.
And it’s therefore no surprise that the Met Office is forecasting that the country will face its first widespread frost of the season this weekend as temperatures fall as low as -4C (25F) in some areas on Sunday night.
It will be a marked change to conditions enjoyed earlier this month when Britain had its second warmest October day in the past six years when temperatures hit an unseasonable 23.5C (74F) on October 16 in Kent.
Fog hangs low over the Houses of Parliament in London today, ahead of an expected fall in temperatures on Sunday night
The Duke of York column at St James’s in London, looks out to the Palace of Westminster which is shroud in fog today
Fog hangs low over the London Eye in the capital with visibility poor for anyone hoping to go for a ride on it today
Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing on Sunday night as Britain faces its first widespread frost of the season
Today will be generally cloudy for many areas, although there will be some patchy light rain or drizzle for some parts. It will be brighter in the North with sunny spells, but showery for western Scotland and the Northern Isles.
The patchy light rain and drizzle in the South East should clear tonight, but it will otherwise be dry with clear periods for most and some mist and fog patches – with a risk of a few showers for northern Scotland.
There will be a cold start for the northern half of the UK tomorrow, and through the day high pressure will lead to largely dry and settled conditions with spells of sunshine, with winds being mostly light.
However Saturday will be cloudier and breezy, with patches of rain expected for western and northern areas. The best of the sunshine is likely across eastern areas, with temperatures making it up to 16C (61F).
Sunday will be cooler, with a brisk northerly airflow, and top temperatures only reaching 14C (57F). There may be a few showers near the east coast, but in general most places should remain dry with sunny spells.
Met Office forecaster Oli Claydon told MailOnline: ‘Tomorrow’s going to be quite a nice day for everyone – pretty fine and dry for the whole of the UK. Around highs of 15C or so in the South East.
‘A little bit of cloud coming into the far North West overnight and then, by the time we get into the early morning, a little rain into the west of the UK. Elsewhere staying predominantly dry, particularly the South and far East.
‘As we go into Saturday evening and night, the wind will be picking up in the far north of Scotland thanks to low pressure that’s going up over the North Sea, but that will calm down pretty quickly on Sunday.
‘There’s a high pressure system out to the west of us, and low pressure to the east of us, and they’re working together to move warm and cold air around.
‘As well as Friday night into Saturday and indeed tonight, it could be quite chilly in some parts. The first widespread frost will be Sunday into Monday. In far north isolated spots, we could get down to -4C.’