Brits are being told to wave last weekend's warm weather goodbye after BBC forecasts warn a long cold spell will freeze parts of the UK within days.
The brutal freeze is expected to arrive on our shores by the end of the week.
Warmer air from the south meant many in the country had been bathing in unseasonably high temperatures at the start of October.
But a cold front is now expected to arrive by the start of Friday, placing the British Isles into a deep chill that could last some time.
This icy weather will advance from northwest of Scotland and could reach as far as the Midlands.
Temperatures in London could potentially drop to 6C by the time the weekend rolls around, according to the Express.
We can also expect heavy rain in parts of the UK in the next few weeks
The BBC online forecast for Wednesday reads: "Today, northern areas will be largely cloudy, with light showers likely in western Scotland and the Northern Isles."
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"To the south, it will be dry with areas of cloud and sunny periods."
While much of the country will remain dry on Thursday, the cold, rainy front will begin to descend on Scotland from Thursday as the wind changes direction towards the south, and will expand to Northern Ireland and the north of England by the evening.
Ben Rich from BBC Weather said in a full forecast that Friday is "likely to begin with a touch of frost" for the "northern half of the country".
October 24 is the suggested date for the mercury to first drop to 0C, with some parts of Scotland expected to see freezing lows of -1C.
The arrival of a cold snap raises the possibility of a rare 'white Halloween', with snowfall possible on the spooky festival on October 31.
Bookies told Manchester Evening News earlier this week that they are already giving odds of 2-1 for this winter being the coldest on record.
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