Britain’s Indian summer to end as 800-mile wide storm to hit this week

An 800 mile-wide "polar plume" threatens one of England's earliest snowfalls for a century as Storm Aiden takes hold on the UK.

Fears summer is drawing to a close have deepened after the Met Office warned of an extreme weather system hitting Britain from Tuesday.

Storm Aiden has potential for amber warnings, and while Brits lap up high of 27C on Sunday, the weather is set to change as a new week begins.

The Atlantic storm washouts will hit the North on Tuesday and the South from Wednesday with gusts of up to 65mph on forecast models.

The Weather Outlook forecasts snow on Scotland's high ground and threatening northern England's Pennines.

September snow in England is very rare, forecasters said and no significant amount of snow has been recorded in England since 1919.

The Met Office has also warned of frost and gales in the North with heavy rain in the South of England.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said much "cooler air" is arriving and "temperatures will be cool and frosty."

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Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: "The Atlantic jetstream will power up and bring a big change to rain and wind.

"And forecast models show much cooler air arriving."

A Met Office forecaster said: “Rain and strengthening winds with possible gales in the West are expected on Wednesday, with further rain and windy conditions through the rest of the week, when the North may see gales.

"“Temperatures will be cool and frost may be seen in parts of the North."

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