Weather forecasters are predicting that a warm weekend will be followed by an "unsettled period" as a stormy and unpredictable pattern arrives on UK shores.
Meteorologists at the Met Office say that Friday will begin cloudy before this gradually clears to the south, leaving "long spells of sunshine" for the rest of the day.
This dry, bright weather will continue into Saturday, Sunday, and even into Monday, with highs of 18C expected at the top of next week.
The national forecaster's long-term forecast for the rest of next week, however, offers that several days of on-off showers and heavy rain will follow:
"Although starting mostly dry in the southeast, a period of unsettled weather will then develop through next week, with wet and windy conditions likely for all areas, especially so in the north and west. There will be showers and longer spells of rain, with the greatest chance of gales in the north and northwest."
"There will still be some sunshine between the showers, and the best of any drier interludes will be in the southeast. Temperatures for all will be around average, if not slightly above.
The first snow of the autumn is also anticipated to come next week.
Arctic weather approaching from the north and replacing the current milder air means we could be seeing snow on the ground as early as next Thursday (October 21), according to WXCharts.
Brian Gaze, director and forecaster for The Weather Outlook, has also warned of more "nighttime frosts" towards the end of October.
There are currently no weather warnings in place for the UK today (Friday 15).
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