UK weather: Bookmakers lower snow odds this week, citing a 20-degree heat wave followed by ‘ten unsettled days.’

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A mild start to the week will see summer temperatures across much of the country — but it could be snow by Friday as forecasters predict ’10 hellish days’ of wintry conditions arriving from north

This week is set to be one of those that has everything, forecasters say — well weather-wise, anyway.

A mild start to the week will continue today as the south-east is braced to enjoy unseasonably warm temperatures of 20C, according to the Met Office national weather agency.

This is thanks to a warm but cloudy weather front coming from the continent.

By the evening, however, rain will start to arrive, beginning an unsettled period set to last ten miserable days — and possibly longer.

Some of the downpour tonight is expected to be heavy, especially in the north and west.

The Met Office outlook for Thursday to Sunday says:

“Noticeably colder on Thursday, especially in strong winds, bright with showers, wintry in the north. Turning drier and less windy into Friday but becoming wet and windy on Saturday.”

Snow is even expected to hit the UK by the end of the week, as the north and Highlands of Scotland will see their first flakes of the autumn on Thursday due to an arctic blast.

Jim Dale, meteorologist for the British Weather Services, said: “A very turbulent period of weather is one the way bringing a big change from the calm conditions we have seen lately.”

“Low pressure will push in from the Atlantic through the start of the week carrying a lot of rain and putting parts of the country at risk of gales.”

Dale added that things will stay unsettled for a while, and that Halloween this year might bring with it some scary weather:

“The stormy pattern is expected to hold out until end of the month with a very wet, windy, and possibly stormy, Halloween on the cards.

Meanwhile, a high-street bookies have slashed odds on snow coming to the UK this week down to 4/6.

Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “Unfortunately it looks like the mercury is going to drastically drop towards the end of the week, and some areas of the country could even see snow.”

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