Stunning aerial images show golden glow of Drummond Castle Gardens as temperatures hit 17C

Basking in the Autumn sunshine: Stunning aerial images show golden glow of Scotland’s famous Drummond Castle Gardens as temperatures today hit 17C before rain rolls in from the north

  • UK faces cold and fog as showers in northwest England spill over into Scotland and Northern Ireland tonight
  • Highs of around 17C (62.6F) with London expected to reach 16C (60.8F) and lows of 7C (44.6F) in Highlands 
  • Despite showers, there will be sunny spells across northern Britain, while most of the country will remain dry
  • The UK is in an autumn bloom, with stately gardens showcasing magnificent hues of red, orange and gold

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The UK faces a cold and foggy autumn day with showers in northwest England spilling over into Scotland and Northern Ireland tonight.

Highs of around 17C (62.6F) are predicted today, with London hitting 16C (60.8F) and lows of 7C (44.6F) ripped in the Scottish Highlands.

Despite the showers, there will be sunny spells across northern Britain, while most of the country will remain dry and cloudy.

Tomorrow will see further outbreaks of showery rain over Scotland and Northern Ireland, with wet weather in parts of northern England later.

Stunning photographs released today show autumnal colours at one of Europe’s most famous formal gardens. 

Aerial shots showed Drummond House and Gardens, near Crieff, Perth and Kinross, with red, amber and yellow leaves.

The formal gardens, dating from 1630, are designed in geometric patterns and there are 11 miles of box hedges.

Stunning photographs released today show autumnal colours at Drummond House and Gardens, near Crieff, Perth and Kinross

Stunning photographs released today show autumnal colours at Drummond House and Gardens, near Crieff, Perth and Kinross

The formal gardens, dating from 1630, are designed in geometric patterns and there are 11 miles of box hedges

The formal gardens, dating from 1630, are designed in geometric patterns and there are 11 miles of box hedges

Dramatic aerial shots show the castle's gardens to be in the full swing of autumn

Dramatic aerial shots show the castle’s gardens to be in the full swing of autumn

Trees with red, orange and golden leaves adorn the classical gardens at Drummond Castle today

Trees with red, orange and golden leaves adorn the classical gardens at Drummond Castle today

Drummond Castle Gardens have appeared in Outlander, where scenes set in the Palace of Versailles were shot

Drummond Castle Gardens have appeared in Outlander, where scenes set in the Palace of Versailles were shot

The gardens have been described by Historic Environment Scotland as the 'finest formal' landscaping in Scotland

The gardens have been described by Historic Environment Scotland as the ‘finest formal’ landscaping in Scotland

The sunrise today with Glastonbury Tor in Somerset cloaked in mist, surrounded by the changing colours of autumn

The sunrise today with Glastonbury Tor in Somerset cloaked in mist, surrounded by the changing colours of autumn

A spectacular sunrise was pictured this morning at Glastonbury Tor, with a sky ablaze with bright pink and yellow clouds

A spectacular sunrise was pictured this morning at Glastonbury Tor, with a sky ablaze with bright pink and yellow clouds

The UK will remain mostly dry today, with showers in northwestern England spilling into parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland

The UK will remain mostly dry today, with showers in northwestern England spilling into parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland

It was a cold and blustery start this the day this morning, before heavy fog was lifted across the middle part of England

It was a cold and blustery start this the day this morning, before heavy fog was lifted across the middle part of England

They have appeared in Outlander, where scenes set in the Palace of Versailles were shot

Europe faces a higher-than-usual chance of a cold blast of weather before the end of the year, but the winter overall is likely to be warmer than average, the continent’s long-range weather forecaster said today.

Temperatures this winter will be crucial for homeowners worried about the record cost of heating their homes, and for European policymakers seeking to avoid energy rationing due to cuts in Russian gas supplies.

‘We see the winter as being warmer than usual,’ said Carlo Buontempo, director of the Copernicus Climate Change Service that produces seasonal forecasts for the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF).

‘Nevertheless there is a still a significant chance of a block situation, which can lead to cold temperatures and low wind over Europe,’ he said as the service issued a monthly update to its forecasts.

A so-called block or blocking pattern in the winter can bring stable, often wind-free weather accompanied by freezing temperatures.

‘This was looking more likely in November, but there now looks like a pronounced probability of a cold outbreak in December,’ Buontempo said.

The ECMWF produces weather modelling with data from a range of national weather services around Europe.

Its forecasts are based on indicators such as ocean and atmospheric temperatures, as well as wind speeds in the stratosphere, but do not have the accuracy of short-range reports.

The models provide the ‘best information possible, to give a hint, to guide our decisions’, Buontempo said.

The European winter was expected to be warmer than usual because of the ‘La Nina’ global weather phenomenon, which is related to cooling surface temperatures in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean.

‘We know that in a La Nina year, the latter part of the European winter tends to favour westerly winds, so warm and wet,’ Buontempo said.

The agency will update its winter season forecast next month when it will have greater confidence because ‘all the drivers for the winter will be more active’, he added

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