SCOTLAND could be set for an early taste of winter this week as high winds sweep in and temperatures plunge.
The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for much of northern England and Scotland with gusts of up to 50 miles-per-hour forecast.
Coastal areas have been put on alert for “large waves” and meteorologists warned transport links could be hit by disruption.
Calum Maccoll, a Met Office spokesman, said there is a “very autumnal” and “unseasonably cool” feel to the conditions in northern areas of the UK.
He said overnight temperatures in some areas of Scotland could fall close to zero later in the week, adding: “You could see... grass frost towards dawn.”
Met Office chief forecaster Eddy Carroll said: “While such wind gusts would not be unusual in the autumn and winter, they are likely to pose a few more problems coming in the summer holiday period, especially for those engaged in outdoor activities such as sailing or hill walking.
“Some minor disruption to transport is possible, for example delays to ferries, bridge restrictions and perhaps minor damage to trees.”
Winds of up to 50mph have already been recorded in parts of the North West of England.
The blustery and wet conditions are set to continue into the start of the week, with yellow “be aware” warnings for wind also in place for Monday.