A 1,000-mile wide "Norwegian barrage" is set to hit the UK this week forcing temperatures in some areas to plunge to -10C.
Scotland is set to be worst affected by the chilly arctic temperatures which could put the country into an "early winter", according to forecasters.
“It looks like an early winter, with the cards stacked in favour of a cold second half of autumn due to La Nina," Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said.
“-10C is expected in Scotland and -7C in England by late November, with snow on Scottish mountains now, in northern England from early November and the South at risk from late November.”
There will be blustery winds on Monday which will make temperatures below average for this time of year, BBC weather's Simon King says.
Several parts of the country are also expected to be hit by rain.
The Met Office's forecast for Monday states: "Rain slowly moving eastwards bringing a damp, and chilly day for many though eastern England starting dry. Brightening up for western parts with some sunshine but also showers to end the day.
"Heavy showers along the western side, perhaps dying out in the northwest later. Eastern areas staying mostly cloudy and damp with the chance of heavier rain. Chilly and murky between."
'Early winter' heading to the UK with temperatures to plunge to -10
The Met Office says Tuesday will be "cloudy and damp" and that temperatures will remain cold.
In its outlook for Wednesday to Friday the Met Office predicts: "Showers mainly across eastern areas on Wednesday, some heavy and it will be breezy. Thursday and Friday largely dry with sunny intervals. Becoming less windy but still rather cold."
The dramatic drop in temperature causing the UK's early winter is as a result of La Nina, the cooling eastern Pacific Ocean.
Marco Petagna, forecaster for the Met Office said: “La Nina is developing in the Pacific and raises the chance of early winter cold in the UK.”
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