While a white Christmas is something we all dream of every year, a ‘white Halloween’ is something a lot less common.
According to some forecasters, however, Brits could be facing one, as a ‘substantial’ amount of snow is expected to hit parts of the UK at the end of the month, meaning a snowy, spooky Halloween is likely.
So you might want to wrap some extra layers to that mummy costume, or rethink your zombie look as temperatures could fall below zero as early as next week.
Forecasters have also warned that November could be colder than usual, with snow showers being more likely in most places.
Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden said, as per Daily Star:
Temperatures will drop and the risk of snow will rise considerably towards the end of this month and into the start of November.
There is a chance we could see blizzards developing over higher ground particularly in northern parts of the country.
Even parts of central and southern England may be at risk of some wintry weather during the final part of this month although here it is not expected to be as significant.
According to WeatherAction forecaster Piers Corbyn, Scotland will receive the heaviest snowfall this month, though the snow won’t be confined to the north.
This spell of very cold weather looks like bringing substantial snow to a more widespread area of the country than people would necessarily expect at this time of year.
We are also forecasting some very low temperatures, we could see the record for October broken this year.
It is predicted that high pressure is going to bring in a snap of cold air from the north, with snow a high possibility over the north east of the country.
WeatherAction, a long-range weather and climate forecaster, also suggested Britain could see four months of freezing temperatures thanks to a polar vortex, with the drop on the thermostat breaking records for October.
On the other hand, the Met Office reckons snow is only as likely to fall this Halloween as it is every year – not very.
A spokesperson told Bristol Live:
There is, as always at this time of year, a chance there may be some snow over high ground in Scotland and to lower levels in the far north of Scotland.
Snow is regularly seen over higher ground in Scotland from September onwards.
However, as far as the chance of snow in [the south of England] in October is concerned, for the rest of the month the weather looks fairly typical for the time of year.
It is likely to stay generally dry and bright in the south interspersed with spells of more wet and windy weather.
Temperatures varying around average, but becoming colder as we go through the month with an increasing risk of overnight frosts and fog.
On the whole temperatures are likely to be rather cold, but some brief milder spells are also possible.
Think I’ll go with what the Met Office is saying. I’m really not up for another Beast from the East, thank you very much.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.