TEMPERATURES will plummet this weekend as the tail end of Hurricane Bertha drags in cold air from Scandinavia.
The summer is expected to come to an abrupt end and bitter winds are expected to see the mercury drop to close to freezing.
Forecasters say the remains of the tropical storm, which swept across the Westcountry after battering the Caribbean and New York, are still circling close to Britain.
Temperatures could fall as low as 2 degrees Celsius in Scotland by Monday as the weather system pulls in chilly air from the north.
Forecaster Helen Chivers said the coolest temperatures will be in the north west but the low pressure will bring rain and wind for the rest of the UK.
She said: “It will feel quite chilly at times at the start of next week with temperatures dropping off at night.”
The cooler outlook is partly due to a shift in position of the jet stream and the chilly weather could remain in place for up to a fortnight, dampening hopes for a warm and sunny bank holiday.
Leon Brown, forecaster for the weather channel, said temperatures could be three to four degrees lower than normal next week.