Bonfire Night to be coldest night of the year so far

Bonfire Night to be coldest night of the year so far

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
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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.

Or jet off to warmer climes for some guaranteed sun:

Winter breaks with guaranteed sunshine
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Looking for an affordable week in the sun? The Cape Verde islands are located 500km off the coast of West Africa and share African and Portuguese influences. They're not as touristy as the Canary Islands and have gorgeous beaches in Sal and Boa Vista. Cape Verde is also a paradise for surfers, hikers and divers. offers holidays to Cape Verde in Sal, Boa Vista, Santiago and Sao Vicente.
Spend your festive break exploring the wonderful colonial architecture of Havana and Trinidad, wandering the famed tobacco fields in Vinales, climbing the beautiful Cuban mountain ranges and lounging on Baracoa’s laid-back Caribbean beaches. Prices for a December Cuba holiday with Intrepid start at £689 (excluding flights) for accommodation, city tours and excursions and the services of a tour leader.

Think Canaries, think bring on the Full English? Think again. Lanzarote, an island of brooding volcanoes, has  managed to contain its tourist development, allowing its natural beauty to break through. Black volcanic fields, deep green cacti, whitewashed cottages: it’s a landscape to gladden the cool designer’s eye. December may be the beginning of the rainy season but don't let that put you off! The island experiences less than 20 days of rain in an entire year. Stick to the south for warm sunny days on the beach. TravelSupermarket compares cheap holidays to Lanzarote with prices starting from £166 per person in December.

This Indian Ocean island has a formidable reputation for great service wherever you go. Its white-sand beaches, sparkling in the heat in December, are hard to leave, yet there’s so much more to see. This island was an important trading post for merchants - and pirates - over the centuries and the influence of a league of nations lives on, from the bustling streets of Chinatown, in the capital Port Louis, to the serene shores of the sacred Hindu lake Grand Bassin. Turquoise Holidays is offering seven nights at Anahita Golf & Spa Resort, Mauritius from £1,650 per person.

The weather in the Cayman Islands from mid-December is hot and dry with cooling winds making it perfect for long days at the beach. An 80-minute flight from Miami, the Caymans encompass three beautiful islands in the western Caribbean. On Grand Cayman, stroll along coral-sand Seven Mile Beach and swim with yearling green sea turtles in the saltwater lagoon at Cayman Turtle Farm. For an all-in-one Cayman getaway, make family-owned Brac Reef Beach Resort your home base for beachfront lodging, diving, snorkelling, kayaking and birding.
For a Christmas family getaway in the sun, look no further than Portugal's sunny Algarve, where you can enjoy cultural festivals, sandy beaches and winter sunshine! Surrounded by the natural Costa Vicentina Park and a beach on its doorstep, the five-star Martinhal Hotel is perfect for families wanting all the Christmas trimmings as well as some sunshine. The resort will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland with fairy lights, Santa Claus, yuletide food and festive cheer. Take advantage of 27.5 per cent off seven-night half-board stays with Christmas dinner and Christmas day brunch included at just €113.50 (£90) per adult per night in a Hotel Room for a family of two adults, one child under 12 and one baby.
It's an old winter sun favourite and Barbados is the classic Caribbean island for a beach holiday. It's only eight hours away and temperatures reach up to 29 degrees in January with 10 hours of sunshine a day. The island is the culinary capital of the Caribbean and there are spectacular diving sites, as well as idyllic beaches. Virgin Holidays offers Barbados winter deals from £779 for seven nights.
Bali has been revealed as the top long-haul winter sun destination for a bargain by Post Office Travel, with 10 holiday items including an evening meal, suncream, a bottle of water and glass of wine, costing just £40. The spectacular Indonesian island of Bali boasts kilometres of powder soft sand, swathes of lush rice paddies and an engaging native culture. Travelbag offers holidays to Bali from £569 per person.
Cruise holidays are ideal for winter sun seekers who want to experience a variety of sandy beaches, characterful cities and historic harbours, and with its diverse islands, the Caribbean is perfect for a winter break. P&O Cruises offers 15-night Caribbean fly cruises starting from only £1,399 per person, including return flights, resort transfers and 14 nights in an inside cabin with full-board meals and entertainment on board. Departing from and returning to Barbados, the cruise itinerary includes visits to Grenada, St. Lucia, Dominica, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, Tortola, Curacao and Bonaire.
With temperatures nearing an unbearable 50 degrees in summer, the winter months are ideal for exploring Dubai, when you can escape the cold UK weather and enjoy sunnier climes. If you're a shopaholic, the annual Dubai Shopping Festival takes place from 5 January until 5 February. Around the city, there are great golf clubs, stunning beaches and a buzzing nightlife scene. British Airways offers seven nights in the Melia Dubai from £615 including flights.
The magnificent temples of Angkor have attracted visitors from all over the world for thousands of years. Built from the 9th to 14th centuries - when the Khmer regime was at its most creative - these sites are architectural wonders. Angkor Wat is the largest and most well-preserved monument, and the colonial-style Siem Reap is the nearest town... Stay in the capital, Phnom Penh, which has vibrant nightlife, beautiful pagodas, and the humbling Cheong Ek. Elsewhere, there's beautiful jungle, stunning beaches (try Sihanoukville) and national parks to soak up. Check out the range of holidays on offer from Kuoni, where you can choose from an array of package holidays or organise your own tailor-made trip.
February sees Cape Town in its quieter months, but still in the height of summer - so it's hot (average 27C) and crowd-free! Head to the beautiful V&A waterfront for mooching and shopping, and to get the boat over to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison. Take a cable car up to the top of Table Mountain, then, after dark, check out Long Street for great clubs and bars. For something a bit swish, check out the popular beach suburb of Camp's Bay - full of shi shi cocktail bars with a view. And don't leave without visiting one of the beautiful vineyards, like Stellenbosch, for a spot of wine-tasting. TripAdvisor features reviews of hotels, attractions and restaurants in Cape Town.

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