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UK weather: White Halloween on the way with snow to hit in just weeks as winter weather settles in after Indian summer

A WHITE Halloween could be on the cards this year with temperaturesset to plummet in the coming weeks.

Experts at the Met Office have said that the unsettled weather will hit the UK towards the end of October.

From October 20, the wettest and windiest conditions will remain in the north and northwest, while things will be more settled in the east and south.

Dry spells will continue on until the last week of October.

According to the Met Office, the colder settled period will be established by early November.

The Met Office previously warned temperatures in some areas could plummet by 10C in weeks.

Met Office senior meteorologist Greg Dewhurst told The Sun Online: “We’re likely to see some snowy weather in higher parts as October moves into November.

“Likely areas to be affected are the Scottish mountains as well as higher ground in northern England and northern Wales.

“Low areas are unlikely to see any. It’s quite normal for this time of year.”

And the bookies have predicted a white Halloween too, with odds on that snow will fall in a major UK city before the end of October.

Temperatures are expected to drop towards the end of the month, with a cold winter expected, Coral has said.

"We better make the most of any balmy temperatures because the end of October looks set to be a big freeze, so much so that we make it odds on for snow to fall this month in the UK," said Coral's Harry Aitkenhead.

"We make it a 2-1 chance that this winter goes into the record books as the coldest the UK has ever had."

Meanwhile, storms have given way to a plume of warm air from the Continent dragged in by the remains of Hurricane Sam.

Jim Dale, a meteorologist for British Weather Services, said: “The warmer weather will kick in from mid-week onwards, and we could see 21C in parts of the country by Thursday.

“High pressure building from the Continent will bring a change from the wetter, windier weather to drier, sunnier conditions.

“As we are now in October, we can call this an Indian Summer, and it is safe to say we are in for some balmy weather in the fallout from Hurricane Sam.”

The news comes as the Met Office announced Britain had the warmest summer on record.

Temperatures were 0.05C warmer globally than the same period last year.

It was also the hottest September Europe has seen, beating the previous record in 2018 by around 0.2C.

Temperatures were above average in other regions of the world including the Middle East, parts of South America and Australia.

And the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) said the Siberian Arctic continued to be warmer than average.

Last month Arctic sea ice covered the smallest area since 2012.

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