WITH the weather getting colder, fears of extreme temperatures and snow storms have been reported as coming as early as this month.

Some forecasters even warned it could be the coldest winter for 70 years but experts at the Met Office have said people should not worry too much at the moment.

This week is forecasted as windy with sunny spells, with the occasional blustery shower.

Over the weekend, the wind should ease and it is due to be dry and cloudy.

Snow was predicted by some forecasters as soon as next week but the long-term weather outlook on the Met Office suggests that while it may well be cold, snow may not be on the horizon.

A spokesman said: "The unsettled weather looks set to continue through the middle of October with scattered showers or longer spells of rain at times, but also some drier and more settled interludes.

"It will often be windy, particularly near northern and western coasts, where occasional gales are likely.

"Temperatures will be around the average for the time of year to begin the period, but it will feel colder in the wind and rain. During any drier and clearer interludes, which may only be short-lived, there is a risk of seeing overnight frost and fog.

"As we head further into the month, it may turn a little colder."

Heading into November, experts said the weather is likely to remain average for this time of year.

A spokesman added: "Changeable conditions could well dominate through the end of October and into the start of November, bringing further bouts of wet and windy weather.

"Some drier and brighter spells are likely, though these may be short-lived. "Temperatures will probably be around average for the time of year, though in those drier spells, overnight frost and fog will become more widespread.

"At the end of the period, the northwest is likely to stay on the wet and windy side, though there is low confidence this far in advance."