As the days draw shorter and the nights get darker, the temperature has begun to turn chilly. But is snow on the horizon?
The Met Office has forecast an onslaught of wintry weather for the UK at the beginning of December, with snow, hail and sleet all expected as temperatures drop.
The Met Office UK outlook from Friday 4 December until Sunday 13 December says, “The period will start unsettled across all parts of the UK, with areas of heavy rain and showers, locally of soft hail, sleet and snow likely, and possibly more widespread snow over some hills and mountains.”
It will also be frequently windy, especially around coasts, and there will remain the potential for some patchy frost overnight, as well as isolated mist and freezing fog.
Temperatures are expected to be below average overall, but later in this period it could turn drier and more settled, with a chance of high pressure moving in from the north, which would bring brisk easterly winds.
Where winds fall lighter, overnight frost and patchy fog is expected, which is most likely in the north. Near, to slightly below, average temperatures are most likely overall.
What will the weather be like this week?
Tuesday 1 December will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain across Northern Ireland, which will spread eastwards and affect western parts of the UK through the day.
Elsewhere, it will be dry and sunny, after a cold and frosty start.
The Met Office outlook for Wednesday 2 to Friday 4 December explains the weather will be “unsettled, mostly cloudy and often rather cold. All areas will see spells of rain and some showers, with snowfall mostly confined to upland regions.”