The UK is braced for its first blast of wintery conditions as an area of low pressure closes in from the Nordic Island. Temperatures are set to drop to single figures across the country as bitter winds move south from Iceland on Friday. Widespread gusts and showers will also bring wet conditions across the south of England.
The unsettled weather will see four seasons in one day as the cold front is met with sunny spells and temperatures battle to reach doubles figures by Friday afternoon.
Nick Finnis Forecaster for Netweather said: “Low pressure will drop southeast from Iceland towards the North Sea on Friday.
“Sending a cold front southeast across the UK, bringing a spell of rain southeast across most parts, followed by sunny spells and breezy conditions but also blustery showers across the north and west.”
Ahead of the fall in temperatures, Thursday will see a mixture of sunshine and showers with temperatures reaching the mid-teens across the UK.
In the north there will be sunny spells along with one or two isolated showers, highs of 16C.
Across Northern Ireland and western Scotland there will be mostly light rain which will sink southwards during the day into southern Scotland and northern England, bringing a further risk of wet weather.
Mr Finnis 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 15-17C, though slightly milder across the northwest compared to today.”
It added: “Overall we should expect spells of rain or showers, which could be heavy at times, interspersed with brief periods of quieter and more settled weather.
“A more prolonged spell of settled weather may develop towards the end of September, but there remains a lot of uncertainty in the forecast.
“Temperatures are expected to vary around average for the time of year and, perhaps, become a touch higher than average later in the period.”