We could be set for the coldest Bonfire Night on record as the freezing start to November continues – for some.
Lows of -3C on the cards but during the day parts of northern Scotland could reach as high as 15C, reports the Mirror.
But the stormy start to the week thanks to Storm Aiden and the remnants of ex-cyclone Zeta has subsided with a wave of high pressure meaning the weather is going to more settled for a few days at least.
Though days of heavy rain mean flooding is still a possibility for many, with the Environment Agency having put eight warnings and 18 alerts in place for Thursday.
It comes after the season’s first widespread frost yesterday.
Parts of Scotland have already reported snow this week, as has Swaledale, one of the northernmost dales in Yorkshire Dales National Park.
BBC forecaster Darren Bett said of this morning: “For more northern areas it’s milder – we’ve got this cloud spilling down from the north very slowly and that’s bringing some damp and drizzly weather for a while.
“But further south, from the Midlands south, we’ve got clearer skies, lighter winds and temperatures are going to be close to freezing, so a touch of frost.
“But this time, more mist and fog around. Through the Midlands, East Anglia, southern England, towards south east Wales in the morning – could be dense in places.
“Slowly lifting through the morning and then the sunshine comes out.”
Meanwhile, he said “we’ve got a bit of warmth in the northeast of Scotland” as the day progresses and temperatures reach well into the teens.
Bookmakers Ladbrokes have cut the odds on the coldest November 5 of this century to 3/1.
Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Apati said: “Fireworks are going up but temperatures are coming down.”
The chill is expected to ease by the weekend – but worse cold spells are due in an “early winter” later this month, ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said.
The Met Office’s long-range report states: “Next week will be a mixture of showery rain and dry interludes, with the rain centred over western regions, and it will become very mild.”
UK 5 day weather forecast
Fog patches in the south slowly clearing then fine with some good sunshine though chilly for many. Cloudier in the northwest with some drizzle. East Scotland and northeast England milder.
Cold in the south with frost for some. Mist and fog patches across central and eastern areas, and also across Northern Ireland. Mainly dry and rather cloudy across northwest.
Mist, fog and low cloud across central and eastern areas slowly clearing. Dry with most reliable sunshine in southwest UK, and northeast Scotland. Cloudy in northwest with some drizzle.
Outlook for Saturday to Monday
Mainly dry with some sunny spells Saturday after early frost and fog, but gradually turning milder and cloudier from the south, with rain in places, especially on Sunday.