Temperatures in the UK plummeted to lows of five degrees last night, signalling an end to summer as the colder months set in.
Brits living in the south and east of the country were warned to take a coat if they are heading out on Wednesday morning due an ‘autumnal chill’ in the air.
Though skies are bright today, some rural areas are expected to remain in single figures for the next couple of hours, while London will see lows of 11°C.
The Met Office tweeted: ‘If you’re heading out early on Wednesday morning, and you live in the south or east of the country, then it’s worth grabbing a warm coat as there will be an autumnal chill in the air first thing. Some rural locations may begin the day in mid single figures.’
Conditions in the east will be dry and bright, but in the north the cold weather comes with rain and clouds. Heavy bursts are expected in some places, with more rain falling over night.
Conditions are expected to improve on Thursday, except for in the southeast where showers will continue.
The rainy forecast follows chilly conditions seen over the bank holiday weekend, with this year’s Bank Holiday Monday having been one of the coldest on record.
This was in stark contrast to the beginning of the month, which saw record breaking temperatures with the UK hitting 34C for six days in a row for the first time in 60 years.
A long-range weather forecast for September suggests conditions could be equally tumultuous.
In the first few weeks, ‘a good deal of cloud, rain and showers’ are expected and temperatures will generally be cool. In the latter half, drier conditions are expected with a chance of very warm weather in the south.
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