The late summer sun will be blasted away by a storm and a “polar plume” that could bring snow in places.

The weekend’s 27C temperatures will make way for 55mph gales across the UK later on Tuesday.

It is set to be the first named storm of the season.

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “We’ll switch to ­autumn proper.

“A wet-and-windy midweek will be followed by polar air. Snow is expected by the weekend on Scotland’s high ground and is even possible on northern England’s highest Pennines.”

There has been no significant September snow recorded in England since 1919, a study by expert Dr Richard Wild revealed.

MeteoGroup forecaster Ravi Kotecha added: “Storm Alpha may push warmth towards the UK into Monday. It’s possible Wednesday’s Atlantic low pressure system could be a named storm. Rain and brisk winds are expected.”

A 'polar plume' could bring snow in places

Meanwhile, beaches were busy yesterday. Brighton, inset, was ­expected to have seen 50,000 daily visitors, with 25,000 set to spend time in Bournemouth.

Day-trippers clogged up coastal routes including the A23 to Brighton, A31 to Dorset and the A30 to Cornwall.

And supermarkets saw a ­barbecue rush. Tesco was set to sell 300,000 sausage packs, 250,000 ice creams and lollies and two ­million cans or bottles of beer.

Daily Star Sunday says...

Our recent spell of sunny weather is on the way out.

Forecasters say there could even be SNOW in some parts of the country.

Strong gales are set to sweep the country

The rest of us will see gales, rain and a dramatic slump in temperatures.

This comes with dangers during this horrible coronavirus pandemic.

It is not known if Covid-19 will spread more easily in the cold.

But there will certainly be more coughs and sniffles – meaning more people will want tests to make sure they haven’t got the virus.

Will ministers be ready? No.

Will the surge in demand come as a surprise to them? Yep.