Rain, wind and even snow to whip UK next week as long ‘unsettled period’ begins

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Forecasters are expecting a cold but mostly dry start to the weekend — but this is to be followed to be a hectic week where we can expect 'all the elements' across the UK.

Temperatures got as low as -3C overnight in Northumberland, and Saturday will begin with a chilly feel across most of the country, according to the Met Office.

Fog patches will be clearing in the southwest of England, and things are expected to get warmer as the day goes on.

Rain will follow over Northern Ireland and west Scotland later in the day, before moving eastwards.

Cloud is expected by nightfall, and this may turn to rain in the north of England and Scotland.

Another dry but cloudy day is expected for most of the British Isles on Sunday, although outbreaks of drizzle may turn heavier to the far north.

Next week, however, is expected to be an entirely different story, as a period of "unsettled weather" arrives on our shores.

This will include rain, wind, colder than average temperatures — and even some October snow.

The Met Office's long-term forecast from next Wednesday to Friday reads:

"Starting off widely unsettled with showery and windy conditions for many, although this may improve from the west. A mixture of sunny spells and blustery showers for the east and northeast. Temperatures falling to below average for most increasing the likelihood of snow over higher ground in the north."

"More settled conditions likely to develop for a time into the weekend with some dry weather for most areas. However, probably soon turning unsettled again as cloud, rain and stronger winds arrive from the west. Unsettled conditions then likely to persist towards the end of October."

Brian Gaze, director and forecaster for The Weather Outlook, has also warned of more "nighttime frosts" towards the end of October, and a "transition" to unsettled weather beginning in the week ahead.

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