Brits lap up some autumn sun as temperatures set to plummet next week

BRITS lapped up the late autumn sun on Sunday as temperatures get set to plummet next week.

The balmy weather is likely to come as one last hoorah for many before rain and storms start to move in.

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Ramblers strolled under a canopy of trees at Chichester, West Sussex, on Sunday while beachgoers created a near-tropical scene at Southend.

They did so as temperatures reached 16C in parts, with the mercury tipped to plummet later in the week.

The Met Office has forecast a dull start to Monday for many, with fog slow to clear in the east.

But winter is being held at bay thanks to a 700 mile-wide 'African heat bulge' – before 65mph storms will hit some later this week, according to forecasters.

Double-digit temperatures of around 15C – 6C above the 9C average – are forecast for Monday, mainly in the east.

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “People will be calling this Indian Summer-style warmth, with 15C possible on Monday in eastern Scotland and a mild southerly flow for most of the next 16 days.”

But he warned: “Wind gusts over 60mph are shown on forecast models for midweek.

“It looks mild or very mild further ahead, before an increased chance of colder-than-average conditions from late November.”

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna added: “Mild southerly and south-westerly winds will be pumped up from a long way to the south.

“But more vigorous low pressure systems could make inroads, and an Atlantic-driven pattern is the trend for the long-term.”

It means Brits should make the most of the mild weather while it lasts, with the outlook set to change dramatically even from Wednesday.

Expect heavy rain and strong gusty winds – particularly in the west – from mid-week until Friday.

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