Families have been warned to head outdoors early this half term as much of the week is set to be blighted by heavy rain and strong winds.
The Met Office is predicting initial showers for Sunday and next week but they are set to become more frequent along with strong winds kicking in as the school break continues.
There’s also a yellow weather warning for heavy rain in parts of Scotland today, which comes after a week of downpours in the south of England that led to flooding.
And the early prospects for November is for more torrential rain and winds due to an alarming Atlantic stream that is due to crash into the country from the west.
There will be some spells of sunshine on Sunday and Monday but the warmer and brighter weather earlier in the month looks set to be behind us as October draws to a damp finish.
Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge told The Sun: “If you’re looking to do something outdoors next week it’s better to get out early in the week.”
Sunday is expected to start dry but with rain coming in from the west, the Met Office has said.
“A band of rain over western parts starts to edge eastwards during the course of the day, breaking and fragmenting as it does. A few showers following on behind,” the forecaster stated.
“Temperatures in double figures, about average for the time of the year so feeling fairly warm.
“Sunday evening, the remains of that band of cloud and rain will finally reach the very far east during the course of the overnight period. Further west a mixture of clear spells and showers.”
There are though still six flood alerts in place around the country going into Sunday with the greatest danger in the south west of the country.
The Met Office outlook states: “The outlook is for sunshine and showers for Monday although by Tuesday cloud and rain moving in more bodily from the north and west.”
People are though being told to be wary of flooding that could lead to travel disruption.
“Local flooding is possible from rivers and surface water in parts of south-east England on Monday and in parts of Wales and north-west England on Wednesday. Land, roads and some properties may flood and there may be travel disruption,” said the Met Office.
UK forecast for the next 5 days
Early cloud and outbreaks of rain over parts of Scotland, Wales and northern and western England will move eastwards to reach eastern, southern and central England later. Sunny spells following, but also some showers, mainly in the north and west.
Cloud and patchy rain over parts of eastern, southern and central England clearing. Otherwise, clear spells and heavy showers, mainly in the west and some English Channel coastal counties.
Sunny spells and showers, heavy at times with hail and thunder in a few places. Heaviest and most frequent showers in the west, some eastern parts perhaps staying dry. Breezy.
Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:
Rather unsettled with prolonged and, in places, heavy rain in the northwest. Mostly dry and bright in the southeast, although some rain possible here by the end of the week.