Remember the summer of 2018? The one when the UK bathed in endless sunshine? The one when England fans basked in an unknown paradise, where there was no sign of rain or the Three Lions impending elimination from the World Cup. It truly was a season worthy of the name summer.
Sometimes, when the sun peaks its face through the clouds, it almost feels like the summer isn't over yet. Perhaps we will always be warm? Perhaps we will never need a coat? Perhaps football is coming home?
But alas, no. We will not always be warm, we will need a coat and England did not win the World Cup. What's more, it seems the summer of 2018 will be slamming the door behind it, ushering in a return of The Beast From The East.
For those of you across the UK who had such a glorious summer that you can hardly recollect The Beast, it was basically really cold for ages. Winds whisked over Siberia and across the UK, plunging the majority of the country into sub-zero temperatures. Snow and ice covered our roads and train services tumbled into disarray. It was properly bad weather, worthy of grinding the country to a halt.
Well, forecasters are now warning that The Beast could be back as soon as October. It is feared that an Arctic blast could see temperatures plummet into minus temperatures, possibly signaling the beginning of a long and premature winter, reports the Mirror Online...leaving us all knocking our knees together and wondering whether the endless summer was but a dream.
Weather Warning for Snow
But it's not all doom and gloom, with most of the UK expected to welcome patches of sunshine for the remainder of the week. Going into next week though, meteorologists expect a north-south schism of the weather variety to divide the UK.
The south is expected to glow with warm sunshine, with the south east getting the best of it,where temperatures could reach the low 20s. By contrast, it could be grim up north, with heavy downpours and powerful winds expected to spread, eventually reaching areas of Wales and the Midlands.
On top of this, the Met Office also expects the rain and winds to return to the north later in the month, particularly in the north west - this time with the unwelcome addition of a touch of freezing fog in the mornings.
But southerners can't be smug for too long, because by the end of October we may all be gripped in the fierce embrace of the Beast From The East II.
Suppose they say everything comes at a price. Here's hoping you enjoyed the halcyon days of the summer of 2018 enough to make up for the cold, dark days ahead... winter is coming.