Time to book a holiday! Ice, frost and freezing temperatures on the way

Get the heating on! Icy frost and temps of -3C this weekendPA

It was just a week ago that Brits made the most of a heatwave by packing out beaches, seaside resorts, and parks across the country, but this weekend will tell a different story - as the first of winter's frosts sets in.

The unseasonably hot Indian summer set October temperature records of 29.5C, but temps in some parts of Britain could reach 3C this weekend.

There is one reprieve before the onset of teeth-chattering temperatures - with Wednesday supposedly hitting a balmy 23C in southern England.

Met Office forecaster Tim Thorne told the Daily Mail: 'It will be breezy and there will be a few showers for the next few days but it will still remain fairly warm in the South and mild in the North and Scotland.

'However, by the weekend, instead of weather from the Atlantic there will be winds coming in from Iceland and the North East, so things will get a little bit chillier.'

Brits have been warned that this winter could see temperatures plunging lower than the -20C we saw last year.

Forecaster James Madden, from Exacta Weather, told The Sun: 'I expect the most frequent and heavy snowfalls to occur across many parts of the UK during November, December and January at present.

Mr Madden predicted: 'It is likely that temperature and snowfall records will be broken.'

But in an effort to reassure Britons that we won't see the same scale of travel chaos as last year, the Department of Transport has revealed that the country's stock of snow-fighting salt and grit is in excess of two million tons, its highest ever level.

Network Rail has also spent £40 million on heating and de-icing units to prevent rails freezing, which last year cause services across the country to grind to a halt.

And BAA, which runs six airports in the UK, has tripled the number of snow ploughs at Heathrow to 185.

Time to escape the UK! Check out our warm and sunny holidays for this month:

Sunny holidays for October
See Gallery
Time to book a holiday! Ice, frost and freezing temperatures on the way

Average daily hours of sunlight: 6. Average temperature:Minimum: 19C, Maximum: 25C.    Try this: Escape to a sleepy village in western Crete. Villa Kontis, in the tiny village of Maza, is a short drive away from the sandy beaches of Georgioupolis and the riverside sanctuary of Vrisses. Villa Kontis sleeps eight and costs £1,649 to hire, including car hire and flights. Visit gicthevillacollection.com

Average daily hours of sunlight: 10.   Average temperature: 27C. Dubai is unbearably hot during the summer  months, but October sees the mercury drop to a relatively cool 30C - perfect for those looking for a sunny shopping break.   Try this: Three nights at the four-star Hilton Ras Al Khaimah from £512 per person, including bed and breakfast and flights from London with Letsgo2.

Average daily hours of sunlight: 8.   Average temperature:Minimum: 15C, Maximum 29C.  Try this: The recently opened Sirayane hotel and Spa. Tucked away outside Marrakech, this cool, contemporary hotel is a world away from the madding crowds of the city and just a short drive from the Atlas mountains. From 139 Euros per night.

Average daily hours of sunlight: 9.  Average temperature: Minimum: 14C, Maximum: 28C.  Try this: A luxury break at the Oberoi Hotel, an exquisite retreat which boasts its own secluded beach, spa and great cuisine. Choose from a pavilion or luxury villa with Kuoni. October prices start at £2,184 per week b&b per person, based on two sharing, including flights.

Average daily hours of sunlight: 10.  Average temperature: Minimum: 14C, Maximum: 28C.  Try this: Adventurers will love this one. Take a guided 12-night tour across the Himalayas through China to Nepal, staying in local villages. Visit Kathmandu, and explore the rich cultural and religious heritage of the area, including the Rum Doodle, the famous haunt of the Everest summiteers. Departure on October 12 or October 19 from £2,445, including flights.  Visit Voyages Jules Verne

Average daily hours of sunlight: 7 hours

Average temperature: Minimum: 12C, Maximum: 22C.  For Spanish sunshine and culture, sidetrack the Costa del Sol and make haste to south and Seville in all its Moorish glory. Stunning architecture, great food and wine and a city rich in history is what you get. >Try this:Kirker Holidays >offers a good selection of packages. Stay at the Corral Del Rey, a 17th century townhouse converted into a small boutique hotel in the old Barrio Alfafa quarter. From £598 per person for three nights including flights and transfers. Based on two sharing.

Average daily hours of sunlight: 7.  Average temperature: Minimum 18C, Maximum: 23C. Try this: Stay on a lavish Sicilian estate in the valley of Burgio, western Sicily. Villa Maricciua is surrounded by three acres of land and close to the lovely sandy beaches of Sciacca. Rocco Forte’s Golf resort is a short drive away. From 2,720 Euros for the villa (for eight guests in four bedrooms), or 2,540 Euros per week (for six in three bedrooms). Visit solosicily.comfor more details.

Average daily hours of sunlight: 8.  Average temperature: Minimum: 15C, Maximum: 26C.  October is the perfect time for a walking holiday in Turkey, as temperatures are far more clement than in the summer.  Try this: Take a trip to the Lycian Way for unspoilt scenic walks, visit the sites of Phasels and Olympus en route, enjoy fresh grilled fish and raki, and see the flames of the Chimera.  Prices start at £670 per week, staying at different hotels as you go, most evening meals, picnic lunches and luggage transfers. Flights extra. Visit On Foot Holidays for more.

Average daily hours of sunlight: 8.  Average temperature: 26C. Try this: For a slice of luxury, stay at the Hotel Hana Maui and Honua Spa  a secluded oceanfront hotel designed for romantics in search of total peace and quiet (there aren't even any tellies in the rooms!). When you’re not sun soaking or pampering yourself at the spa, optional activities include horse riding along the beach, snorkelling and yoga. From £215 per night.

Average daily hours of sunlight: 9. Average temperature: Minimum: 17C. Maximum:25C. Try this: A 12-night cruise on board P&O's Azura. Highlights include the beaches of Lanzarote, Tenerife's Mount Tiede, Madeira's exotic flowers as well as a stop in Lisbon, Portugal, on your return. Depart with P&O Cruises on 20 October from Southampton. Prices start at £931pp. 

Read Full Story