Some of the earliest snow of the season will be falling over Scotland over the coming days, the Met Office is predicting. Scots saw an abrupt end to summer last week amid the first flurries and frosts this autumn.

The forecaster has warned snowfall over the hills of northern Scotland is possible from Monday. The cold spell follows the chilly air and longer nights that have emerged over the last week.

A warning about below average temperatures for the season comes from the Met Office’s latest 10-day forecast. It’ll be cold enough for a touch of frost and some snow showers when temperatures will drop to low single figures and below zero for some overnight.

More cold nights are expected particularly over the weekend through to early next week.

“Across the UK temperatures are going to be below average for the second half of the weekend and into Monday as well as Tuesday,” explained Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern.

The Scottish Highland village of Kinloch Rannoch with the shapely snow covered cone of Schiehallion in late spring.More Scottish themes from this lightbox:

The weather will be cold enough for frost and some snow showers

However, he added the snow was nothing out of the ordinary: “It’s really going to be over the tops of the Scottish mountains and there’s nothing particularly unusual about that at this time of year.”

The cold spell will let up by the end of next week with the return of milder and more typical autumnal weather.

According to Netweather TV forecaster Terry Scholey, the colder weather will “disappear over the next few days, as an anticyclone moves away eastwards”.

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“Later on Wednesday, a cold front approaches Northern Ireland and northwest Scotland, bringing freshening winds and some rain. Thursday sees this front working its way slowly south and east across the country, although much of the day across a large portion of England and Wales should continue fine and warm.

“There are uncertainties as to the timing of this, however, making Friday the most difficult to predict. But it’s almost certainly going to be unsettled and eventually cooler.”

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