Weather forecasters are warning Britons to prepare for a chillier than average winter with a bleak prediction that "impressively cold temperatures" will blast parts of the UK.

Senior risk meteorologist Jim Dale from British Weather Services said that preparation will be everything for the early to mid part of winter.

He told the Huffington Post UK: "Although we don't expect a cold Armageddon or conditions as bad as the winter of 2010, Britain is not expected to have a mild winter."

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Winter weather last year saw snow fall across swathes of the UK

The North and East of the UK is expected to be particularly badly hit, but even London should brace itself for snow, the forecasting service warned. Temperatures could drop as low to -18C in parts of Scotland.

Mr Dale explained how continental fronts are expected to cause dry and cold conditions, rather than the warm wet weather experienced last December.

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Autumn colours at Sheffield Park Garden in Uckfield, England. The East Sussex landscape gardens were created by 'Capability' Brown in the 18th century around a centrepiece of four lakes.

However there is some good news. Before the cold snap sets in, Britain is expected to have one final blast of good weather, with a mini-Indian summer expected next week.

Monday and Tuesday could see highs of up to 21C, which with the sunshine will feel like T-shirt weather. It will certainly be a welcome break after the latest bout grim weather.

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On Tuesday night the Environment Agency issued 21 flood warnings, mostly for coastal areas in the South West and Wales, and also in the North East.

High tides on Wednesday are likely to lead to more warnings being issued. Autumn weather has been extremely varied. Take a look through the meteorological highs and lows below.

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  • Autumn weather September 26th

    A Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyer manoeuvres in the harbour as rain showers move towards Portsmouth and its landmark Spinnaker Tower as rain causes misery for many across the UK, particularly in the north.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    Rain showers move towards Portsmouth and its landmark Spinnaker Tower as rain causes misery for many across the UK, particularly in the north.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    Rain showers move towards Portsmouth and its landmark Spinnaker Tower as rain causes misery for many across the UK, particularly in the north.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    Rain showers move towards Portsmouth and its landmark Spinnaker Tower as rain causes misery for many across the UK, particularly in the north.

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER

    A picture shows the river Ouse with it's banks burst causing flooding through the city centre of York, in northern England September 27, 2012. Britain's most severe September storms for 30 years flooded homes and businesses in the historic city of York and threatened chaos for much of northern England. AFP PHOTO / LINDSEY PARNABY (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/GettyImages)

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER

    Water continues to cascade over the end of where a landslip caused by flooding has cut across a road outside a block of flats where the foundations have been damaged at the village of Newburn near Newcastle in northeast England on September 28, 2012. Britain's most severe September storms for 30 years on Thursday flooded homes and businesses in the historic city of York and threatened chaos for much of northern England. AFP PHOTO / POOL / OWEN HUMPHREYS (Photo credit should read OWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER

    British Fire and Rescue Service search around flooded side streets with an inflatable dinghy after the river Ouse burst it's banks flowing through the city of York in northern England on September 27, 2012. Britain's most severe September storms for 30 years flooded homes and businesses in the historic city of York and threatened chaos for much of northern England. AFP PHOTO / LINDSEY PARNABY (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/GettyImages)

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER

    Water continues to cascade over the end of where a landslip caused by flooding has cut across a road outside a block of flats where the foundations have been damaged at the village of Newburn near Newcastle in northeast England on September 28, 2012. Britain's most severe September storms for 30 years on Thursday flooded homes and businesses in the historic city of York and threatened chaos for much of northern England. AFP PHOTO / POOL / OWEN HUMPHREYS (Photo credit should read OWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER

    A picture shows the river Ouse with it's banks burst causing flooding as it flows through York, in northern England September 27, 2012. Britain's most severe September storms for 30 years flooded homes and businesses in the historic city of York and threatened chaos for much of northern England. AFP PHOTO / LINDSEY PARNABY (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/GettyImages)

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER

    British Fire and Rescue Service search around flooded side streets with an inflatable dinghy after the river Ouse burst it's banks flowing through the city of York in northern England on September 27, 2012. Britain's most severe September storms for 30 years flooded homes and businesses in the historic city of York and threatened chaos for much of northern England. AFP PHOTO / LINDSEY PARNABY (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/GettyImages)

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER

    A picture shows the river Ouse with it's banks burst causing flooding as it flows through York, in northern England September 27, 2012. Britain's most severe September storms for 30 years flooded homes and businesses in the historic city of York and threatened chaos for much of northern England. AFP PHOTO / LINDSEY PARNABY (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/GettyImages)

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER

    A picture shows the river Ouse with it's banks burst causing flooding as it flows through York, in northern England September 27, 2012. Britain's most severe September storms for 30 years flooded homes and businesses in the historic city of York and threatened chaos for much of northern England. AFP PHOTO / LINDSEY PARNABY (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/GettyImages)

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER

    A worker uses an earth mover to clear debris after a landslip caused by flooding at the village of Newburn near Newcastle in northeast England on September 28, 2012. ritain's most severe September storms for 30 years on Thursday flooded homes and businesses in the historic city of York and threatened chaos for much of northern England. AFP PHOTO / LINDSEY PARNABY (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/GettyImages)

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER

    A picture shows the river Ouse with it's banks burst causing flooding as it flows through York, in northern England September 27, 2012. Britain's most severe September storms for 30 years flooded homes and businesses in the historic city of York and threatened chaos for much of northern England. AFP PHOTO / LINDSEY PARNABY (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/GettyImages)

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER

    Water continues to cascade over the end of where a landslip caused by flooding has cut across a road outside a block of flats where the foundations have been damaged at the village of Newburn near Newcastle in northeast England on September 28, 2012. ritain's most severe September storms for 30 years on Thursday flooded homes and businesses in the historic city of York and threatened chaos for much of northern England. AFP PHOTO / POOL / OWEN HUMPHREYS (Photo credit should read OWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER

    British Fire and Rescue Service personnel help a woman get from work in a flooded street with an inflatable dinghy after the river Ouse burst it's banks flowing through the city of York in northern England on September 27, 2012. Britain's most severe September storms for 30 years flooded homes and businesses in the historic city of York and threatened chaos for much of northern England. AFP PHOTO / LINDSEY PARNABY (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/GettyImages)

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER

    Water continues to cascade over the end of where a landslip caused by flooding has cut across a road outside a block of flats where the foundations have been damaged at the village of Newburn near Newcastle in northeast England on September 28, 2012. Britain's most severe September storms for 30 years on Thursday flooded homes and businesses in the historic city of York and threatened chaos for much of northern England. AFP PHOTO / POOL / OWEN HUMPHREYS (Photo credit should read OWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER

    A picture shows the water level against a local restraurant flooded after the river Ouse with it's banks burst in York northern England September 27, 2012. Britain's most severe September storms for 30 years flooded homes and businesses in the historic city of York and threatened chaos for much of northern England. AFP PHOTO / LINDSEY PARNABY (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/GettyImages)

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER

    British Fire and Rescue Service personnel help a woman get from work in a flooded street with an inflatable dinghy after the river Ouse burst it's banks flowing through the city of York in northern England on September 27, 2012. Britain's most severe September storms for 30 years flooded homes and businesses in the historic city of York and threatened chaos for much of northern England. AFP PHOTO / LINDSEY PARNABY (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    The river Tweed bursts its banks in the centre of Peebles, Scottish Borders as rain causes misery for many across the UK.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    The river Tweed bursts its banks in the centre of Peebles, Scottish Borders as rain causes misery for many across the UK.

  • Autumn weather September 26th

    The river Tweed bursts its banks in the centre of Peebles, Scottish Borders as rain causes misery for many across the UK.

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER

    Water continues to cascade over the end of where a landslip caused by flooding has cut across a road outside a block of flats where the foundations have been damaged at the village of Newburn near Newcastle in northeast England on September 28, 2012. ritain's most severe September storms for 30 years on Thursday flooded homes and businesses in the historic city of York and threatened chaos for much of northern England. AFP PHOTO / POOL / OWEN HUMPHREYS (Photo credit should read OWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Judges Attend The Annual Service At Westminster Abbey To Mark The Start Of The UK Legal Year

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: A Supreme Court Judge walks from Westminster Abbey to the Houses of Parliament in the rain following their Annual Service of Thanksgiving on October 1, 2012 in London, England. The start of the legal year is marked with a traditional religious service; judges arrive from the Royal Courts of Justice and afterwards process to The Houses of Parliament where the Lord Chancellor hosts a reception. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • UK holiday rentals among the best

    File photo dated 10/04/11 of people enjoying the warm weather on the Victorian Pier at Clevedon, north Somerset as travellers rate UK holiday rental accommodation as some of the best in the world, it was revealed today. Somerset and Gloucestershire have the highest-rated rental properties, the survey by TripAdvisor found.

  • Many Parts Of Scotland On Flood Alert

    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 11: Members of the public shelter from the rain on Buchanan Street on October 11, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. Many parts of Scotland have been warned by the Met Office to be prepared for the potential of a month’s rainfall in the next 24 to 48 hours. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Worcester Races

    WORCESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 11: Jockey David England peers out of the weighing room window at the gloomy weather at Worcester racecourse on October 11, 2012 in Worcester, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

  • Scotland Hit By Widespread Flooding

    DURA-DEN, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 12: Workers inspect the damage caused by localized flooding on October 12, 2012 in Dura Den,Scotland. Many parts of Scotland have been affected by wide spread flooding causing disruption to road and rail travel. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Scotland Hit By Widespread Flooding

    DURA-DEN, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 12: A woman looks at the damage caused by localized flooding on October 12, 2012 in Dura Den,Scotland. Many parts of Scotland have been affected by wide spread flooding causing disruption to road and rail travel. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Scotland Hit By Widespread Flooding

    DURA-DEN, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 12: Workers inspect the damage caused by localized flooding on October 12, 2012 in Dura Den,Scotland. Many parts of Scotland have been affected by wide spread flooding causing disruption to road and rail travel. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Scotland Hit By Widespread Flooding

    DURA-DEN, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 12: Workers inspect the damage caused by localized flooding on October 12, 2012 in Dura Den,Scotland. Many parts of Scotland have been affected by wide spread flooding causing disruption to road and rail travel.(Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Scotland Hit By Widespread Flooding

    DURA DEN, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 12: Workers inspect the damage caused by localized flooding on October 12, 2012 in Dura Den,Scotland. Many parts of Scotland have been affected by wide spread flooding causing disruption to road and rail travel. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Scotland Hit By Widespread Flooding

    DURA-DEN, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 12: Workers inspect the damage caused by localized flooding on October 12, 2012 in Dura Den,Scotland. Many parts of Scotland have been affected by wide spread flooding causing disruption to road and rail travel. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Scotland Hit By Widespread Flooding

    DURA-DEN, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 12: A woman looks at the damage caused by localized flooding on October 12, 2012 in Dura Den,Scotland. Many parts of Scotland have been affected by wide spread flooding causing disruption to road and rail travel. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Scotland Hit By Widespread Flooding

    DURA-DEN, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 12: Workers inspect the damage caused by localized flooding on October 12, 2012 in Dura Den,Scotland. Many parts of Scotland have been affected by wide spread flooding causing disruption to road and rail travel. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Scotland Hit By Widespread Flooding

    DURA DEN, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 12: Workers inspect the damage caused by localized flooding on October 12, 2012 in Dura Den,Scotland. Many parts of Scotland have been affected by wide spread flooding causing disruption to road and rail travel. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Scotland Hit By Widespread Flooding

    DURA-DEN, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 12: A woman shouts from her house to a worker as heinspect the damage caused by localized flooding on October 12, 2012 in Dura Den,Scotland. Many parts of Scotland have been affected by wide spread flooding causing disruption to road and rail travel. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Autumn Colours Start To Show In London

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: A yellowing tree stands alone in Hyde Park on October 12, 2012 in London, England. Autumnal colours are beginning to show in parts of the United Kingdom. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Autumn Colours Start To Show In London

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: A tourist does a handstand under a yellowing tree in Hyde Park on October 12, 2012 in London, England. Autumnal colours are beginning to show in parts of the United Kingdom. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Autumn Colours Start To Show In London

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: A tourist does a handstand under a yellowing tree in Hyde Park on October 12, 2012 in London, England. Autumnal colours are beginning to show in parts of the United Kingdom. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Autumn Colours Start To Show In London

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: A woman takes a stroll in Hyde Park on October 12, 2012 in London, England. Autumnal colours are beginning to show in parts of the United Kingdom. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Autumn Colours Start To Show In London

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: A woman takes a stroll in Hyde Park on October 12, 2012 in London, England. Autumnal colours are beginning to show in parts of the United Kingdom. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Scotland Hit By Widespread Flooding

    DUR-DEN, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 12: Workers inspect the damage caused by localized flooding on October 12, 2012 in Dura Den, Scotland. Many parts of Scotland have been affected by wide spread flooding causing disruption to road and rail travel. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Autumn Colours Start To Show In London

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Reds and yellows are displayed on a tree in Hyde Park on October 12, 2012 in London, England. Autumnal colours are beginning to show in parts of the United Kingdom. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Autumn Colours Start To Show In London

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: A jogger runs in Hyde Park on October 12, 2012 in London, England. Autumnal colours are beginning to show in parts of the United Kingdom. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Autumn Colours Start To Show In London

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Green turns to yellow in Hyde Park on October 12, 2012 in London, England. Autumnal colours are beginning to show in parts of the United Kingdom. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • British Countryside Display Beautiful Autumn Colours

    UCKFIELD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16: Autumn colours are on full display at Sheffield Park Garden on October 16, 2012 in Uckfield, England. The East Sussex landscape gardens were created by 'Capability' Brown in the 18th century around a centrepiece of four lakes. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

  • British Countryside Display Beautiful Autumn Colours

    UCKFIELD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16: The Sun shines throuh a giant gennera manicata leaf at Sheffield Park Garden on October 16, 2012 in Uckfield, England. The East Sussex landscape gardens were created by 'Capability' Brown in the 18th century around a centrepiece of four lakes. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

  • British Countryside Display Beautiful Autumn Colours

    UCKFIELD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16: Autumn colours are on full display at Sheffield Park Garden on October 16, 2012 in Uckfield, England. The East Sussex landscape gardens were created by 'Capability' Brown in the 18th century around a centrepiece of four lakes. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

  • British Countryside Display Beautiful Autumn Colours

    UCKFIELD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16: Autumn colours are on full display at Sheffield Park Garden on October 16, 2012 in Uckfield, England. The East Sussex landscape gardens were created by 'Capability' Brown in the 18th century around a centrepiece of four lakes. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

  • British Countryside Display Beautiful Autumn Colours

    UCKFIELD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16: Autumn colours are on full display at Sheffield Park Garden on October 16, 2012 in Uckfield, England. The East Sussex landscape gardens were created by 'Capability' Brown in the 18th century around a centrepiece of four lakes. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)