Thermometers to shoot up to 22C after arctic freeze hits Britain

BBC Weather forecasts cold conditions with snow in Scotland

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Sub-zero and freezing conditions will sweep the UK in the next five days – but the wintry conditions are not set to stay. Snow forecasts for the Scottish Highlands and a particularly cold day on September 27 have left many feeling as though winter is well and truly on its way. But this could not be further from the truth – at least as far as the start of October is concerned. Jim Dale from the British Weather Services likened warmer autumnal conditions to that “akin of spring”. He said the Midlands and much of central and southern England will shoot back up to a possible 22C within the first week of October.

Speaking to, Mr Dale said: “Yes, there will be warmth after the earlier week’s cold plunge, possibly around the 20-22C mark in the Midlands and south.

“High pressure will be returning, though still some chilly nights ahead.”

The contrast is quite stark – on Tuesday, September 27 the north will see highs of 2-3C during the day, whereas large swathes of the south east will sit at 8C. 

Just five days later, the picture will be entirely different – with temperatures sitting comfortably at 22C, with lows of 14C in the north east, a flip in conditions that will see people ditching their coats entirely. This will last for at least the first six days of October, with temperatures dithering between 16C and 20C across the south. 

When asked if these warmer conditions were out of the ordinary, Mr Dale said: “A bit yes. No records broken, but it will be akin to the spring, it is the big diurnal range night to day that is interesting.”

He said a high pressure system moving in from the west will be responsible for the milder temperatures.

Mr Dale may have highlighted how the daytime may feel mild for many – with an average of 20C reached inland. But come night, people will be reminded of exactly the time of year it really is.

In the north, thermometers will plummet to around 5C overnight on Monday, October 3 and sit at around nine to 10C in the central and southern areas of England. 

He added that clear skies and radiation into the atmosphere are what will cause the stark day-to-night contrast, with still a “reasonable level of direct and indirect warming by the sun in the day”.

Along with Mr Dale’s predictions, the Met Office also alludes to changeable conditions in its long-range forecast for September 26 to October 5.

It says: “Through the remainder of September and into October, conditions are likely to remain changeable with further frontal systems spreading from the west and northwest at times.

“Wettest conditions with periods of strong winds likely in the west of the UK, driest weather in the southeast. Temperatures rather cold at first, particularly across the north, but becoming close to or just above normal by the end of the period.”

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Looking further ahead to the middle of October, the Met Office also talks about how mild temperatures could be around for a while.

It’s long range forecast adds: “After spells of changeable weather, October is most likely to see drier and more settled conditions develop across the UK.

“Periods of wetter weather do remain a possibility for some, most likely in the northwest. Temperatures are expected to be close to average or possibly slightly above average in places.”

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