UK weather: Temperatures to drop as low as -4C tonight

Cold Day At Cowdray Castle In West Sussex, England

The first near-nationwide frost of the season is set to hit the UK on Monday morning as weather forecasters predict overnight temperatures as low as -4C.

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For Sunday night, the Met Office says it will be "chilly tonight with a widespread grass frost".

It adds: "A cold and clear night for many with light winds. Temperatures will fall under clear skies, leading to a widespread frost by dawn. Showers affecting the east coast gradually easing."

The coldest temperatures of -4C are expected in Scotland, while parts of England will see -1C and in the south of England, temperatures will be 2C.

Met Office forecasters say that after a frosty Monday morning, "cloud will spill across the far northwest of the UK, giving patchy rain." It is likely to be dry and chilly with sunshine elsewhere, barring the odd shower around Norfolk.

While Britons will want to wrap up for the start of the week, Tuesday will bring mild Halloween weather.

Met Office forecaster Chris Page told the Daily Mail: "Halloween will be a lot milder at 15C in the day and fairly dry for evening trick-or-treaters apart from some light rain in the North.

"But dustings of snowfall could be seen on Scotland's peaks from Friday and during the weekend."

Meanwhile, the coldest winter for 11 years could be on the way.

The Daily Mirror reports that after the autumn freeze this week, Arctic winds are expected to deliver bitter conditions by the end of the year.

Todd Crawford, chief meteorologist at The Weather Company, told the newspaper: "We expect the coldest winter in the UK since 2012-13.

"We expect extended spells with a ridge of pressure in the North Atlantic, especially in early winter.

"This forces the jet stream up to the Arctic and back down into Europe, releasing Arctic high pressure from near the Pole directly into northern Europe, with colder-than-normal temperatures."

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