All eyes are on a powerful cyclone hurtling across the Atlantic, threatening to hit the UK just as temperatures plunge.
Fears are that tropical storm Leslie could meet a cold air mass as it nears Europe, unleashing Arctic gales and dumpings of snow to some by the end of next week.
The Weather Company’s Sarah Satya Sammy said Leslie will remain in the mid-Atlantic for several days before heading towards Europe.
She said, “Tropical Storm Leslie is expected to slowly intensify into Hurricane Leslie between today and Wednesday.
Met Office chief meteorologist Andy Page said, “Some models suggest Leslie will track south of the UK while others suggest it may move close to the UK by the end of next week.”
The high pressure responsible for the recent calm conditions is about to weaken allowing a more unsettled pattern to develop.
A Weather Company spokesman said, “We are looking at a period of cooler-than-average temperatures across most of Europe, with persistently cool conditions for northwest Europe.
“It’s likely to remain cool and become stormy through October as high pressure drifts away.”
The Met Office agrees, stating, “Towards the end of the month night time fog and frosts would become more likely.
“Temperatures will probably be generally colder than average by then, but with some short-lived milder interludes at times.”
Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden warned the milder, settled conditions over the next few days would eventually give way to a bombardment of winter storms.
“A final burst of summer could be in the offing around the middle of next week however the first snow of the season will not be too far behind.
“At least one or two major low-pressure systems will attempt to cause havoc on our weather patterns within this period, and this is most likely from mid-month onwards.
“We also expect at least one of these low-pressure systems to arrive under a colder airmass to the north of the country during the final third of October, and it is within this period that we could see the first significant snow of the season across higher ground in parts of Scotland and the north.”