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UK weather will see temperatures hit a balmy 16C ahead of next week's big chill

  • Temperatures hit 16C in Devon today while London saw 14C and it was 13C in Cardiff and 12C in Glasgow
  • But last night was the coldest autumn night of the year so far as -5C was recorded in Scottish Highlands
  • We’re on course to see a marked temperature drop next week as the first cold snap of the season arrives
  • Conditions will stay in mid-teens until the end of the weekend, before they drop by about 6C next week

By Mark Duell for MailOnline

Published: 10:20 EST, 25 October 2016 | Updated: 11:56 EST, 25 October 2016

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The beautiful colours of autumn provided a glorious backdrop in Britain today as the mild temperatures continue.

The mercury hit 16C in Devon today, but that followed autumn’s coldest night so far as the Highlands fell to -5C.

And we’re on course to see a marked temperature drop next week as the first cold snap of the season arrives. 

Impressive sight: Members of the public stop to view  the autumn colours today in St Fillans next to Loch Earn in Scotland Impressive sight: Members of the public stop to view  the autumn colours today in St Fillans next to Loch Earn in Scotland

Impressive sight: Members of the public stop to view the autumn colours today in St Fillans next to Loch Earn in Scotland

Pretty: The sun shines through the trees at Glenogle in the Scottish Highlands as walkers pass on a pretty autumn day today Pretty: The sun shines through the trees at Glenogle in the Scottish Highlands as walkers pass on a pretty autumn day today

Pretty: The sun shines through the trees at Glenogle in the Scottish Highlands as walkers pass on a pretty autumn day today

Beautiful scenery: The stunning autumn colours at Glenogle in the Highlands are seen today following a mild autumn so far Beautiful scenery: The stunning autumn colours at Glenogle in the Highlands are seen today following a mild autumn so far

Beautiful scenery: The stunning autumn colours at Glenogle in the Highlands are seen today following a mild autumn so far

Autumn colours: The gentle waters at Lochearnhead in the Highlands, which is located at the western end of Loch Earn Autumn colours: The gentle waters at Lochearnhead in the Highlands, which is located at the western end of Loch Earn

Autumn colours: The gentle waters at Lochearnhead in the Highlands, which is located at the western end of Loch Earn

Flat water: Trees in many parts of Scotland - including Glenogle (pictured) - are starting to display their full autumn colours Flat water: Trees in many parts of Scotland - including Glenogle (pictured) - are starting to display their full autumn colours

Flat water: Trees in many parts of Scotland - including Glenogle (pictured) - are starting to display their full autumn colours

Autumn in Glenogle: The beautiful colours of autumn provided a glorious backdrop today as the mild temperatures continue Autumn in Glenogle: The beautiful colours of autumn provided a glorious backdrop today as the mild temperatures continue

Autumn in Glenogle: The beautiful colours of autumn provided a glorious backdrop today as the mild temperatures continue

Temperatures in Britain today ranged from 16C in Plymouth to 14C in London, 13C in Cardiff and 12C in Glasgow.

Conditions will stay in the mid-teens until the end of the weekend, before they drop by about 6C next week.

The Met Office is warning of ‘generally colder weather’ from next Monday with more widespread night frosts.

Forecaster Nicky Maxey said: ‘From Monday onwards we’re expecting temperatures to get a little bit cooler.

‘We could be looking at one or two degrees below what we’d expect at that time of year. 

Coastal: Canoeists make their way through Milton Harbour in the picturesque North Yorkshire town of Whitby today Coastal: Canoeists make their way through Milton Harbour in the picturesque North Yorkshire town of Whitby today

Coastal: Canoeists make their way through Milton Harbour in the picturesque North Yorkshire town of Whitby today

Orange and yellow: Bracken leaves bring an array of autumnal colours to the RSPB Arne nature reserve in Dorset today Orange and yellow: Bracken leaves bring an array of autumnal colours to the RSPB Arne nature reserve in Dorset today

Orange and yellow: Bracken leaves bring an array of autumnal colours to the RSPB Arne nature reserve in Dorset today

A spot of lunch: The morning mist rises as two people enjoy a picnic with views of RSPB Arne in Dorset today A spot of lunch: The morning mist rises as two people enjoy a picnic with views of RSPB Arne in Dorset today

A spot of lunch: The morning mist rises as two people enjoy a picnic with views of RSPB Arne in Dorset today

Beautiful Britain: Autumnal colours on Shipstal Beach in the morning's sunshine at RSPB Arne in Dorset today Beautiful Britain: Autumnal colours on Shipstal Beach in the morning's sunshine at RSPB Arne in Dorset today

Beautiful Britain: Autumnal colours on Shipstal Beach in the morning's sunshine at RSPB Arne in Dorset today

Glorious reflections: The morning mist rises and the sun reflects on the sea at Shipstal Beach at RSPB Arne in Dorset today Glorious reflections: The morning mist rises and the sun reflects on the sea at Shipstal Beach at RSPB Arne in Dorset today

Glorious reflections: The morning mist rises and the sun reflects on the sea at Shipstal Beach at RSPB Arne in Dorset today

‘We’ll have a contrast between this week which is going to be milder, and we’re looking at mid-teens.

‘But in the middle of next week you could be struggling to get into double figures. People might feel that contrast.

‘We’re going from a period when we’re above average to a period where we’re below average.’

She added that northern cities such as Manchester could be looking at highs of 8C during the day next week. 

Nature reserve: The marshlands this morning at RSPB Arne in Dorset, which is hosting the BBC's Autumnwatch this week Nature reserve: The marshlands this morning at RSPB Arne in Dorset, which is hosting the BBC's Autumnwatch this week

Nature reserve: The marshlands this morning at RSPB Arne in Dorset, which is hosting the BBC's Autumnwatch this week

In the quiet: Bracken leaves at RSPB Arne in Dorset, which has a vast expanse of open heathland and old oak woodland In the quiet: Bracken leaves at RSPB Arne in Dorset, which has a vast expanse of open heathland and old oak woodland

In the quiet: Bracken leaves at RSPB Arne in Dorset, which has a vast expanse of open heathland and old oak woodland

Coastal feature: Shipstal Beach at RSPB Arne in Dorset, a nature reserve which overlooks Poole Harbour, is pictured today Coastal feature: Shipstal Beach at RSPB Arne in Dorset, a nature reserve which overlooks Poole Harbour, is pictured today

Coastal feature: Shipstal Beach at RSPB Arne in Dorset, a nature reserve which overlooks Poole Harbour, is pictured today

Overnight chill: Frost on rowan berries in the Scottish Highlands this morning, where temperatures fell to -5C overnight Overnight chill: Frost on rowan berries in the Scottish Highlands this morning, where temperatures fell to -5C overnight

Overnight chill: Frost on rowan berries in the Scottish Highlands this morning, where temperatures fell to -5C overnight

Negative figures: A frost covered leaf is pictured in the Highlands today, following the coldest night of the autumn so far Negative figures: A frost covered leaf is pictured in the Highlands today, following the coldest night of the autumn so far

Negative figures: A frost covered leaf is pictured in the Highlands today, following the coldest night of the autumn so far

Ms Maxey added: ‘There’s likely to be more widespread frosts overnight. We’re quite likely to see below freezing

‘Even in town or city centres you might be seeing some temperatures below freezing. People will feel it.’

The average UK November mean maximum temperature over a 24-hour period is 9C, while the minimum is 3.3C.

Last night brought the coldest night of the autumn so far as -5C was recorded in Tulloch Bridge, Inverness-shire.

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