Thunderstorms and 60 mph storms will plague Britain for NINE HOURS today, the Met Office has warned.
Forecasters have urged the British to stay safe in the face of â€œstrongâ€ and â€œdangerousâ€ winds and heavy rain that could cause travel chaos.
Delays in road, rail, air and ferry traffic are “likely”, while power outages and other services are possible.
It comes after the Met Office put the south east of England under a yellow weather warning.
The wind and rain alarm will run from 1 p.m. today until 10 p.m. tonight while the British are hit by strong south winds.
Inland gusts are expected to reach 50-50 miles per hour – while the coast could be hit by storms of up to 65 miles per hour.
In some parts of southern England, up to 30-40mm of rain will fall in 3-6 hours.
Alex Deakin of the Met Office said, â€œIt’s the first weekend in October and it’s going to be very, very autumnal.
â€œSome strong winds, especially on Saturday from the south and on Sunday from the north, and it will also rain heavily.
“It won’t rain all weekend, but especially in the south later on Saturday it looks very muddy indeed.
“On Sunday it will be a bit lighter. For most of them there are some sunny phases, but still a lot of stormy showers.”
It could get so cold in the coming weeks that parts of the UK could be hit by snow.
Experts believe that at higher altitudes there will likely be some snowfall towards the end of October.
Met Office chief meteorologist Greg Dewhurst told The Sun Online, â€œWe’ll likely see snowy weather in higher parts as October turns into November.
â€œAreas likely to be affected are the Scottish Mountains and higher elevations in northern England and North Wales.
â€œLow areas are unlikely to see any. This is quite normal for this time of year. “
Only on the first day of the month, the likelihood that that month would be considered the wettest October on record was lowered to 5/1.
Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “October got off to a miserable start and we were already forced to cut the odds this month is a record breaker.”