UK set for wettest October on record amid Arctic chill and plummeting mercury

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Brits look set for a gloomy autumn with forecasters predicting the country could experience the wettest October ever recorded.

Leading bookmaker Coral has shortened the odds on next month being the wettest October on record to 2-1 after one of the hottest summer's on record.

"Summer is going to feel a long way behind us when we get into October. We have cut the odds on next month breaking records for this time of the year for being wet and cold," said Coral's John Hill.

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Alexander Burkill, senior operational meteorologist at the Met Office, said that tonight (Monday, September 26) into tomorrow "looks likely to be the coldest when temperatures in prone rural spots are likely to dip a little below freezing, around -2C.

The Met Office’s Tom Morgan agreed, adding: "The weather is set to turn colder and windier for all of us as we begin the new working week.

Tom says that arctic air flooding southwards will bring a big drop in temperatures compared to the weekend, with daytime temperatures below average for the time of year.

He said: "It stays quite unsettled right the way through the week, with showers at times and potentially some longer spells of rain, particularly in the west.

"Rain will clear away from the southern parts of England first thing on Monday morning and then the whole of the UK will see blustery winds with a mixture of sunshine and showers through the course of the day".

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"The showers potentially heavy at times," Tom continued, "but moving through fairly quickly on those brisk north-westerly winds, which will give a marked wind chill.

"Temperatures potentially not getting into double figures in some parts of northern Scotland, but still around or just below average in the south.

"So taking into account of the winds on Monday and it will feel much colder than these values suggest, feeling more like two to five Celsius in northern eastern parts of Scotland so a marked wind chill for many areas."

Britain experienced the joint hottest summer on record this year, with temperatures topping 40C for the first time ever in July.

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