Brits set to freeze in upcoming ice blast as temperatures drop in deep plunge

The Met Office has warned that temperatures are set to take a dramatic icy plunge in the coming weeks, with snow a real possibility.

According to their long-range forecast from October 23 to November 6, there is a serious risk of chilly "colder conditions becoming established in early November".

Amazingly, this suggests there is a small chance of an extremely rare 'white Halloween' welcoming us on October 31, meaning that trick-or-treaters may want to think about choosing an insulated monster to dress up as this year.

Luckily, the lead-up to our mini-ice age looks set to be splendid with temperatures set to rise to 20C in some places, absolutely scorching for this time of year.

The Met Office's October 13 to October 22 forecast says that "high pressure and mostly dry conditions are likely to then dominate the UK for much of the period", with the south in particular experiencing extended sunny spells.

Despite a slim chance of showers in the north and parts of the west, temperatures will remain "above average for the time of year, although with a possibility of some frost at night".

As October turns into December the weather will turn "widely unsettled across the UK".

The wettest and windiest conditions will persist in the north and northwest, and gradually a cold snap will take hold of the whole country.

Met Office senior meteorologist Greg Dewhurst previously told the Sun: "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."

As for today, when the overnight fog clears in the early hours much most of England and Wales will be warm. There is a much cloudier and wetter picture for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Afternoon temperatures should stabilise at around 18C to 19C in southern and central parts of England this afternoon. The north, Northern Ireland and Scotland could dip as low as 15C or 16C.

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