TODAY'S clear skies and balmy weather is to be short lived, the Met Office says - with 50 flood warnings and even snow on the way.
The UK is set to be thrashed by heavy rain and winds as officials issue 50 flood alerts around the country, with Brits about to be plunged into a miserable wet and snowy winter - the coldest in 30 years.
The Environment Agency has nine flood warnings and 56 alerts in force across the UK today, with the skies set to open for more showers tomorrow.
Low temperatures will be exacerbated by dim, foggy nights and cold winds.
Exacta weather forecaster, James Madden said: "October is now looking like it will turn out to be colder than average with more of a chance of something wintry setting in through the second half of the month.
"There is a strong chance of widespread frosts and the chance of snowfall which will set the scene for November.
"This will pave the way for what is shaping up to be a colder than average winter with some extreme cold weather events.
"While these could start to make an impact within the next few weeks they will be particularly troublesome from December onward.
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"Snow events have been few and far between in recent years, but this winter is looking favourable to bring snow event after snow event as weather systems from the Atlantic clash with cold stagnated air over the UK."
That could mean a bitterly cold spell to rival the freezing winter of 1963, which is said to have been the coldest for 200 years.
Mike Saunders, a professor of climate prediction at University College, London told The Sunday Times last month:
"This would rank the 2020 January-February central England temperature as the coldest winter since 2013.
"It would also rank January-February 2020 as the seventh coldest winter in the past 30 years."
Temperatures are predicted to go as low as -14C, reminiscent of the 'Beast from the East' which covered the UK in a blanket of snow in 2018.
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