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Snow for Halloween? Wind and rain to lash Britain over the next ten days before temperatures plunge 

Gales and torrential rain threaten to lash Britain for the next 10 days before temperatures take a sharp fall towards freezing with potential snow forecast for parts of the north by the end of the month.

Forecasters are warning that Atlantic storms will bear down on Britain while northerly winds will bring a wintry chill.

Foul weather threatens to hold out through October ending in a stormy, and even snowy, Halloween.

Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, said: 'The Atlantic is going to push a lot of rain into Britain through the start of the week and strong winds are likely to touch gale-force.

Britons will face gale-force winds and heavy rain as Atlantic storms bear down upon the nation after the current milder but misty weather, showed here in Dunsden, Oxfordshire 

A brief uptick in the current mild temperatures tomorrow and Wednesday will be followed by a sharp turn towards freezing in the second half of the week

 'Another low-pressure system comes in on Tuesday and Wednesday bringing the risk of localised flooding.

'Later this week we will pull winds in from the north so it will feel colder, and any snow will be most likely over high ground in northern regions.

This latest flood warning comes after heavy rain saw London Underground stations fill with water, along with homes and businesses in the capital, in July, August and September. 

Mr Dale added: 'This turbulent and stormy weather going to be the story for the rest of the month.

'There will be settled periods, but the pattern is tempestuous and we could be looking at a proper witches' brew of weather in the run up to Halloween.'

Temperatures will rise briefly tomorrow and Wednesday as winds sweep in from the south, he said.

The mercury could reach 20C in parts before sinking to freezing or below by the end of the week.

The nation will see cold and wet days similar to the beginning of the month (pictured) as the nights get longer ahead of the end of British Summer Time on October 31

London will be bracing for another period of flash flooding as forecasters warns that Tuesday and Wednesday brings a low pressure system to our shores

Mr Dale concluded: 'It will feel mild through the start of the week as air comes in from the south before turning colder by Thursday.

'We are not talking about widespread snow but perhaps a bit later in the week in the north.'

But Britons may need to wrap up for an early winter freeze, according to some long-range forecasts.

Exacta Weather's James Madden warned heavier snowfall may hit before the end of this month.

He said: 'There will be a greater risk for snow events during the final third of the month, and these are more likely across higher ground.

'This will come with a significant drop in temperatures and widespread frosts across the country during the final week of October.

'There is a chance we could see a cold and wintery end to autumn.'

Foul forecasts have prompted bookies to take the axe to odds on record autumn rainfall.

Ladbrokes is offering 4/2 that this month will smash into the record books as the wettest October ever.

Spokesman Alex Apati said: 'Next week could bring about record-breaking rain for October with things set to change for the worse on the weather front.'

Meanwhile Coral is slashing odds on spooky snow offering 5-4 on a white Halloween this year.

Spokesman John Hill said: 'With snow fall looking increasingly likely at the back end of this month, we have slashed the odds on a white Halloween this year.

'Those trick or treating this year may have to travel around on a sledge if the latest forecasts are to be believed.'