UK set for plunging temperatures in early winter frost before mini heatwave

Britain is braced for a frosty couple of days as temperatures plunge – but a five-day heatwave is just around the corner.

The mercury will drop to single figures across the country as bitter winds move south from Iceland today and Friday.

But the mercury will reach 20C and above on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in London next week, according to the BBC .

Conditions will remain cool until then with the chance of an early winter frost this weekend, according to the Met Office .

There will be lows of 8C this morning and highs of 19C this afternoon.

Conditions should be sunny for most of the country today, although there will be heavy showers in Scotland.

Oli Claydon of the Met Office said: “Thursday and the start of Friday will see conditions remaining unsettled, but the showers and wind will die out by Friday evening.

“High pressure is moving in, which means clear skies and a northerly air flow, bringing a particularly chilly night.

“Saturday and Sunday arrive with the potential for a widespread frost.”

Downpours will move south of the border tomorrow, hitting Wales, north, north-west, north-east, east, central, west, south, south-west and south-east England.

The weather should improve on Sunday as most of the country enjoys sporadic sunshine, although the mercury is not expected to reach above 18C.

Monday promises to be a washout as light showers affect nearly the whole country and temperatures drop to a maximum of 17C.

Tuesday is also expected to be a relatively chilly day, with cloudy conditions.

A spokesman for said: "High pressure continues to build in from the west on Thursday, bringing a mostly dry and bright day for many, with winds lighter in the south.

"But still windy in the north, with a warm front pushing east bringing a band of cloud with some patchy rain across Scotland and northern England for a time.

"Still on the cool side for early September, temperatures reaching 15 to 17C, though slightly milder across the north-west."

The spokesman said low pressure will wash across the North Sea on Friday, sending cooler temperatures and rainfall across the UK.

They added: "The weekend will continue the cool theme, with winds blowing down from the north on Saturday between low pressure to the east and high pressure to the west.

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