TEMPERATURES are set to drop dramatically this week as winter strikes.

The Met Office is predicting a sudden change in temperature after a relatively warm November so far.

After a week of temperatures in the mid teens, Monday will see them drop to 7 or 8 degrees, before they tumble to 5 degrees on Thursday.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "After a brief spell of rain early on Sunday, skies will brighten.

"Cold and showery on Monday. Becoming rather cloudy on Tuesday after a frosty start for some."

They added: "As the period continues, the weather will generally arrive to the UK from north, bringing colder conditions and intervals of rain or showers.

"Wintry showers likely over high ground, and possibly falling to low levels at times. High pressure will linger around the west and southwest of the country, allowing for more settled conditions now and again with the chance of some sunny spells at times but also feeling cold, with overnight frost likely.

"Fairly breezy throughout the period but when any clearer and calmer conditions prevail it will lead to some overnight fog."