Britain is set for a late autumn glow of sunshine – before a cold snap brings snow by the end of this week.
Forecasters urged families to make the most of the unseasonal high temperatures for the start of the half term holiday.
The Met Office said many areas of the UK would enjoy temperatures up to 18C (64F) by midweek.
But an Arctic blast is on the way, with snow expected by the weekend as a ‘White Halloween ‘ fast approaches.
The south, including areas of Kent, basked in temperatures of 19C on Sunday.
Met Office forecaster Luke Miall said: “The message is make the most of it while it lasts.
“For the start of half term, there will be a lot of dry weather and it will be warmest by mid week with temperatures of 17-18C and some pretty decent sunny spells.
“But an Arctic Maritime Air Mass is coming down by Friday and we will see a plunge in the temperatures bringing cold winds across the UK.
“It will be much colder and in the North you will see it go down to around 8C and 10C in the South.”
WeatherAction says Britain could be gripped by freezing temperatures for four months due to a polar vortex and could get so low they could break records in October.
A spokesman for the Met Office said: "It will turn a lot colder as we head towards Friday and the weekend and the wind turns more northerly – we might see some sleet and wet snow in northern areas.
"It will be a bit of a shock to the system because it’s been fairly mild recently and there will be a considerable drop in temperature."
The warmest weather this week will mainly be around southern parts of England and Wales.
Meteorologist Sarah Kent warned the change in temperature would come as a ‘shock to the system’ for many.
“It will be time to get the woolly hats and jumpers out,” she added.
Three-day UK weather forecast
Today (Tuesday) : It will be a dry and fine day with sunny spells in England and Wales. However, there will be more cloud in Scotland and north-west England with heavy rain in northern and western Scotland throughout the day. Northern Ireland will be dry with sunny spells and variable cloud amounts. Windy for many.
Tonight (Tuesday night) : It is expected to be a dry night across England and Wales with clear spells at times. Across Scotland and north-west England there will be a lot of cloud and there will be rain in northern and western Scotland throughout. Northern Ireland will be dry though rather cloudy. Breezy across Scotland.
UK Outlook (Wednesday and Thursday) : Tomorrow will be dry for most with plenty of sunshine in the south and east. It will be a damp day in the north-west with light rain and drizzle. Thursday will be mostly cloudy and dry. It will be wet with light rain in north-west England and Northern Ireland. Heavier rain in north-west Scotland.
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