BRITAIN is braced for an early taste of winter as Icelandic air moves in from the North Sea, causing temperatures to plummet.
The mercury will drop to single figures across the country as bitter winds move south from Iceland today and Friday.
Widespread gusts and showers will also bring wet conditions across the south of England.
The Met Office warned Friday would be a “breezy day and rather cool” – with temperatures plunging to 9C in some places.
Cloud and outbreaks of rain will spread across southern England and Wales, with a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers elsewhere.
Scots have been warned to wrap up warm as clear skies and a northerly wind means temperatures are about to fall dramatically.
The Met Office is even predicting there could be a ground frost in Scotland on Saturday and Sunday.
Oli Claydon of the Met Office said: “August saw above-average temperatures in Scotland so the cooler days and nights of autumn will come as a bit of a shock.
“Sadly, it will mean quite a difference to what we have seen of late.
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“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.”
The cold snap comes as Met Office figures revealed the three months from June to August were Britain’s 12th warmest since records began in 1910.
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But while hot summers tend to be drier, this summer was the seventh wettest recorded for the UK as a whole.
Tim Legg, of the Met Office’s National Climate Information Centre, said: “The picture for each of the three months was different depending on where you were in the UK.
“Southern England and Wales endured the heaviest rainfall in June, whereas Scotland and northernmost parts of England saw the heaviest rainfall in August.”
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