Say goodbye to the autumn: Weather skips a season as cold, rain and gale-force winds head to Britain with gritters on roads already preparing for winter
- Temperatures to drop below zero with frost expected tomorrow morning
- Weather warning out for rainfall in southern England at the weekend
- 20-40mm of rain is expected in some places and winds as strong as 50mph
By Larisa Brown
PUBLISHED: 05:10 EST, 21 September 2012 | UPDATED: 08:38 EST, 21 September 2012
Britons can wave goodbye to the autumn as swathes of the country are set to be hit with freezing cold temperatures, frost and gale-force winds in an abrupt end to the balmy season.
Heavy rain and winds as strong as 50mph are expected to put a dampener on any weekend plans with some places seeing temperatures drop below freezing.
As the weather appears to skip a season, some parts of the country will feel frost tomorrow morning and gritters are already in place in preparation for winter.
First signs of winter: A gritting team is already out on the road in County Durham as the summer has only just come to an end
Patrols: The gritting team were checking on routes in County Durham as cold weather hits the country
Motorists were greeted with the bleak sign that winter is on its way in County Durham, with gritters already patrolling the streets for signs of frost yesterday.
The gritters signal fears that the cold weather is heading south from Scotland, where gritter crews in Aberdeen were spotted training earlier this month for an onset of wintery weather.
Council chiefs eager to make sure the town is fully prepared for any unexpected snow falls in the run up to Christmas are making sure workers know how to operate the machinery.
The Met Office said over the next month particularly unsettled weather is to be expected across the UK, with heavy rainfall and blustery winds.
Those in the north and south of England will feel the temperature drop to freezing tonight, with those in Scotland experiencing temperatures below zero.
Aberdeen City Council workers brace themselves for the cold weather by learning how to use the gritters
Council chiefs started training their gritter crews earlier this month in the first sign wintry weather is not too far away
Tomorrow will be a dry day, with some sunny spells but a fair amount of cloud.
Dan Williams, a spokesman for the Met Office said: 'Temperatures in Scotland could drop to -2 to -5 and people could wake up to see some frost tomorrow morning.'
'Temperatures will take a little while to get going but towards the afternoon on Saturday will eventually peak at around 16 degrees.'
Heavy rain is expected to fall in the south of England of Sunday.
Autumn colours: The first trees at National Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire, started to turn earlier this month
Samuel Falconer-Wright, 3, and his dad Greg Wright, admire the autumnal Japanese maples
Mr Williams added: 'On Sunday an area of low pressure will move up over the south of the UK, bringing with it some strong winds and fairly heavy rain.
'Areas in southern England, Wales and East Anglia could see heavy rain of 20 to 40mm in some places.
'Places along the coast could see gale-force winds with gusts up to 50mph.'
There is a weather warning out for rainfall across southern England on Sunday.
And the weather isn't set to get better with showers and winds predicted for next week. Though there will be some sunny spells intermittently.
Spectacular: Autumnal leaves show the summer is over as cold weather comes to the UK
Three-day forecast shows the weather is expected to take a turn for the worst with heavy rain expected over the next few days
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