A proper Winter chill is set to blast the UK tonight as a freezing blast of North Sea air sweeps the country.

It's going to be a chilly one!

It’s going to be a chilly one!

Snow is predicted on high ground and sharp frosts mean a cold, cold night up and down Britain.

Anyone visiting a fireworks display, or having some back-garden pyrotechnics will need to wrap up warmly, as clear skies dictate gloves, hats and coats will be needed. The mercury could plummet as low as -6°C and tonight is forecast to be the coldest night of Autumn so far.

Leon Brown of the Weather Channel UK said: “It still looks like we are due a widespread frost for Bonfire night, with clearing skies and light winds – for those planning a bonfire expect temperatures to plummet during the evening.”

It will be a rapid drop too, nearly 0°C by 10pm in Wales and the Midlands and already below zero by mid-evening in Northern England and central Scotland.

The news follows forecasts that this coming Winter will be of Arctic proportions and may well be the coldest one for a century.