It will be a good idea to wrap up warm this Bonfire Night - as weather forecasters predict the coldest evening of the year.
The news comes just days after the UK enjoyed the warmest Halloween on record, with a temperature of 23.6C (74.3F) being recorded in Gravesend, Kent and Kew Gardens, Greater London, beating the previous record of 20.0C.
Temperatures could reach as low as -8C, making some parts of the UK colder than many parts of the Arctic.
According to the Daily Telegraph and the Mirror, the mercury could even sink as low as -8C. The Telegraph says that "in exposed, clear ground in the Scottish Highlands, temperatures could sink as low as -8C, the coldest minimum temperature of the year so far, according to the Met Office".
Leon Brown, meteorologist at The Weather Channel, told Aol Travel: "We are due a widespread frost for Bonfire Night, with clearing skies and light winds – for those planning a bonfire expect temperatures to plummet during the evening!
"It will be not far from 0C by 10pm in the Midlands and Wales, and below zero by mid-evening over northern England and central Scotland.
"The coldest places will likely be the eastern Highlands with -5C to -6C likely, but temperatures could dip to -4C or -5C in frost hollows in east Wales to central and southern England too, making it the coldest night so far this autumn."
Leon says that gales will then hit from Thursday, adding: "Thursday evening is not a good time for bonfires or fireworks – it will be windy, with rain spreading from the west.
"Wales, western England and Scotland are due a very wet and windy evening.
"There will be gales too in the Irish Sea and western Channel, with gusts of 60mph. Much of the UK will catch 15mm to 25mm of rainfall overnight to Friday morning.
"On Friday it will be back to sunshine and showers, and still a gusty south westerly wind. Heavy showers with thunder are due for western and some southern coasts, but few showers will blow inland to the Midlands and eastern England.
"It now looks like another area of heavier rain will spread from the west on Saturday with strong southerly winds, although northern Scotland may stay clearer, so Saturday evening is not a good time for a bonfire.
"It will be back to sunshine and scattered showers on Sunday, with mainly fine and clear weather for eastern England. Heavy showers are due for South Wales and near some Channel coasts. There will be a flash flood risk in South Wales.
"Temperatures will be around the seasonal norm this weekend. The south east will be warmest reaching 13C to 14C on Saturday and 12C to 13C on Sunday, but it will be more like 7C to 10C for northern Britain.
"The beginning of next week could be very foggy – there is a risk of widespread and locally dense fog on Monday morning as winds become light.
"The rest of next week will be unsettled and often wet."
Cosy up at one of these top UK hotels this winter:
British hotels for Christmas breaks
Bonfire Night to be coldest night of the year so far
Celebrate Christmas country house style in the heart of Dartmoor at quintessential hideaway the Ilsington Hotel which promises a relaxing and stylish stress-free festive break. The hotel's four-night Christmas package, from 24 December, features a cream tea on arrival, a dramatic birds of prey display in the extensive hotel grounds, a visit and presents from Father Christmas, plus tickets to the pantomime and evening entertainment from a pianist and magician. Those staying at Christmas can relax in front of a roaring fire, enjoy an invigorating walk on the Moor, a leisurely stroll through the picturesque grounds or simply relax in the leisure complex, complete with an indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room. Breakfast and dinner each day, as well as a six-course Christmas lunch with all the trimmings and accommodation in a standard double room are included. The package costs from £670 per person. Children under 12 sharing their parents' room stay for just £250.
Enjoy a magical Christmas at Trump Turnberry in Ayrshire with plenty on offer to entertain the whole family during the festive period. Families arriving on Christmas Eve are greeted by Christmas carols, spicy mulled wine and a sumptuous roast dinner. There are festive activities in the Wee Explorers playroom for children, complete with traditional board games, a cinema room showing classic Christmas films and an all-important Santa Tracker to keep an eye on where in the world Father Christmas is on his busiest night of the year. For those feeling spiritually inspired, the resort staff will take you to the local church for a moving midnight ceremony. Children receive a bespoke Trump Turnberry stocking at the foot of the bed on Christmas morning and after a traditional Scottish breakfast, adults can look forward to a pre-lunch Champagne reception and all the family can enjoy a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings in Trump Turnberry’s restaurant, 1906.Trump Turnberry's two night Christmas Experience package starts from £1,420 per room, based on two adults sharing. Children may stay in their parents' room from £90 per child per night, or £150 per child per night in their own room. A three-night experience starts from £1,755 per couple.
Set opposite the beach and fishermen’s huts on Suffolk’s Heritage Coast at Aldeburgh, the White Lion Hotel offers Christmas breaks by the sea. Celebrations start as soon as you arrive at the hotel on Christmas Eve, with an indulgent afternoon tea in the lounge, under the glow of twinkling fairy lights on the Christmas tree. At 5pm everyone is invited take a stroll to Aldeburgh Cinema to watch a short festive film followed by canapés, carol singers and mulled Aspall Cyder with mince pies in the foyer before a five-course dinner is served in the hotel's Bar & Brasserie with live entertainment from the resident pianist and dancing to a live band in the Victorian-themed James Cable Room. Midnight Mass is celebrated at the nearby Church of St Peter and St Paul before you return to the hotel for a night cap. Christmas Day includes a bracing walk along the beach to build up an appetite for the sumptuous seven-course lunch with all the trimmings. On Boxing Day, you can join in or watch the freezing North Sea for the town’s annual charity swim at 11am, before lunch and the afternoon free to explore the local area. The three-night festive package costs from £535 per person based on two sharing an inland facing Explorer room; sea view rooms are available at a supplement and extra nights can be booked from £85 per person.
London's super-luxurious The Goring has partnered with the English National Ballet this winter, inviting Christmas lovers to stay at the hotel and enjoy the mesmerising Nutcracker ballet from the splendour of a box. For an unforgettable Christmas break, you will also have the opportunity to meet a ballet dancer, or take a behind-the-scenes tour of the London Coliseum. Guests can indulge in mulled wine by the fire, a crisp walk around the garden and the hotel's decadent Christmas menus, including roast Norfolk turkey and Scottish beef Wellington on Christmas Day, and red leg partridge and glazed lobster omelette on Boxing Day. Feel the warmth of Christmas by booking a stay in a Belgravia suite. A one-night stay with breakfast and two tickets in a box to Nutcracker start from £1,762 per suite.
This stunning retreat on the shores of Loch Fyne is the perfect answer for Christmas away in an enchanting castle. Set amid some of Scotland’s most breathtaking scenery with magnificent wildlife, flora and fauna Stonefield Castle offers a two or three-night festive break. You can spend the winter break reclining in highland luxury beside a roaring fire and recharging with a whisky from the local distillery in hand. The Christmas package includes dinner, bed and breakfast, a five-course Christmas Day luncheon, Boxing Day brunch, a treasure hunt, a fun quiz and six-course Boxing Day dinner. Two nights cost £190 per person for guests arriving on 24 December and three nights cost £264 per guest, based on two people sharing.
This privately owned elegant country house hotel set on Cornwall’s pretty Roseland Peninsula sits in its own grounds, overlooking a beach with idyllic sea views. During Christmas, you can enjoy peace, relaxation and fantastic food at The Nare. As well as cosy rooms and stunning sea views, a festive escape at The Nare includes a traditional Christmas luncheon, carols in the cocktail lounge, candlelit dinners and hot punch and mince pies following the midnight church service at Veryan Parish Church on Christmas Eve. With the essential ingredients of log fires crackling in the grates, Cornish Afternoon cream teas with Chef's special Christmas cake and home-made mince pies every day, sumptuous seafood buffets and formal dinner dances in the evenings, this is the place to spend Christmas in Cornwall. A four-day Christmas House Party package costs from £1,330 per person, from 23 to 27 December.
Head for Norfolk this Christmas and you can join the well-wishers at St Mary Magdelene to say Happy Christmas to the Royal Family as they attend the Christmas service at Sandringham. Stay at country retreat Congham Hall Hotel from 24 to 27 December to indulge in afternoon tea and scones, carols around the Christmas tree, champagne cocktails and a six-course Christmas Day lunch, as well as board games, a walk on Hunstanton beach and Christmas Cluedo on Boxing Day, which will bring the traditional board game to life! The Christmas Package costs from £1,295 per room based on two sharing and includes three nights' accommodation, all meals, drinks and featured entertainment. Guests can extend their stay by an extra night for £150 per room, including dinner and breakfast, plus a complimentary File & Polish from the spa’s Leighton Denny range or a bottle of bubbly.
For a traditional Christmas set in the idyllic splendour of the Lake District, Armathwaite Hall County House Hotel & Spa offers luxury, relaxation and plenty to keep you entertained during the festive period. With lavish decorations, the warmth of an open fire and delicious food, the spa hotel is a marvellous place for a Christmas getaway. Arrive on Christmas Eve to cocktails and canapés followed by a celebration dinner, a warm flow of mulled wine, Christmas carols and the competitive fun of a quiz. On Christmas Day you can wake to a roaring log fire, gourmet breakfast and a festive glass of Bucks Fizz. Take a stroll around the grounds to work up an appetite or relax in the outdoor hot tub before the six-course Christmas Day feast. A candlelit walk around the grounds, a traditional Cumbrian breakfast on Boxing Day and an impressive Birds of Prey display on the front lawn are included. You can also dress to impress in black tie for the annual casino night with professionals on hand to teach you the art of Black Jack and Roulette. The Three Night Christmas Break costs from £875 per person, children under four years-old sharing with parents are free with meals charged as taken.
Get away from it all this Christmas in Yorkshire at The Talbot in Malton. Warming log fires, traditional decorations and a gentle festive atmosphere in the country hotel create an unfussy, understated Christmas in the UK. Highlights of the Christmas break include Christmas Lunch in the James Martin restaurant, traditional Yorkshire events and entertainment within easy reach of the hotel and the unusual chance to wander past the house that inspired Scrooge’s Counting House in A Christmas Carol. The hotel also offers a flexible two-night package allowing you to choose which two nights (or more) you prefer to stay. Two-night Christmas packages cost from £270 on Christmas Eve, £340 on Christmas Day and £210 on Boxing Day. Children under five stay free of charge when sharing parents' room, children 5 to 12 years-old £150.
For a home-from-home setting look no further than Dormy House in the Cotswolds this Christmas. The farmhouse chic retreat in Broadway, Worcestershire is offering a quintessential Cotswolds Christmas with roaring fires, carol singing, the great outdoors, turkey and all the trimmings. A festive break at this cosy hideaway includes afternoon tea with carol singing, a chauffeur service to Midnight Mass at Chipping Campden with hot chocolate and chestnuts on return, a Veuve Clicquot Champagne reception followed by a five-course Christmas Day lunch, clay shooting, archery and a climbing wall for the kids on Boxing Day and a Gala Dinner with a live band. A three-night package costs from £1,620 per room based on two people sharing an Intimate Room.
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