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Britain braces for blast of 50mph winds and torrential rain but with warm highs up to 65F

A blast of wet and windy weather blown in by gusts of up to 50mph is to bring an end to the exceptionally high temperatures Britain basked in yesterday. 

Wales saw the mercury hit 65F (18C) yesterday as the country enjoyed warm November highs. The country will enjoy another mild day today, with temperatures reaching up to 57F (14C).  

But strong gusts are set to bring showers and ‘murky’ weather this week, blowing them in from the north west – although forecasters say the unseasonably warm temperatures will continue. 

It marks an almost tropical end to Autumn after a dry and bright week for much of the UK.

Dog walkers in Halnaker near Chichester were pictured making the most of the mild day with a walk along the ancient tree-lined track which follows the route of Stane Street, the London to Chichester Roman road. 

Ladies enjoy a walk through the trees along an ancient track in Halnaker near Chichester which follows the route of Stane Street, the London to Chichester Roman road

Other people were also out spotted walking amongst the autumn leaves in Lickey Hills Country Park, near Birmingham

Other people were also out spotted walking amongst the autumn leaves in Lickey Hills Country Park, near Birmingham

Sea fog, known as haar, covering the evening lights of Edinburgh last night is caused by warm air passing over the cold North Sea

Sea fog, known as haar, covering the evening lights of Edinburgh last night is caused by warm air passing over the cold North Sea

Other people were also out spotted walking amongst the autumn leaves in Lickey Hills Country Park, near Birmingham.

Met Office spokesperson Marco Petagna said: ‘Yesterday was exceptionally mild. We had 18C in Goggerdan, Wales.

‘And even in the south east near London it was close to 18C, so well above where it should be.

‘The general feeling for the next few days is its mostly still quite mild so any frost will be very limited.’ 

The Met Office forecast that the mild conditions would last past the middle of the month, but the dry spells are set to be blown away as strong gusts batter the north of the country. 

‘We’re looking at gale force winds in exposed areas over the next few days,’ said Mr Petagna. 

‘We’re talking gusts of 40 to 45mph. Maybe even 50mph in parts of Scotland and across the Irish Sea. Temperatures still holding out fairly mild around 11 to 13C.’

While the mercury is set to remain consistently higher than average for November, other weather is set to remain changeable and unsettled, forecasters warn.  

Mist surrounds the Nelson Monument and the National Monument on Calton Hill in Edinburgh as forecasters warned of a 'murky' start to the day

Mist surrounds the Nelson Monument and the National Monument on Calton Hill in Edinburgh as forecasters warned of a ‘murky’ start to the day

A man sits on a trig point at the top of Mam Tor, near Castleton, in the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire as Britain woke up to low clouds and mist or fog shrouded parts of the UK

A man sits on a trig point at the top of Mam Tor, near Castleton, in the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire as Britain woke up to low clouds and mist or fog shrouded parts of the UK

The showers are already rolling in according to the Met Office with fog and mist also taking some time to clear

The showers are already rolling in according to the Met Office with fog and mist also taking some time to clear

Tuesday morning much of the country was covered in low cloud, with mist and fog interspersed with showers across the UK. 

Eerie photographs shows the Scottish city of Edinburgh shrouded in mist, with only the tops of the buildings poking out from the thick, low-lying cloud. 

There were similar scenes last night when the city was covered in a blanket of sea fog.

Known as haar, sea fog is caused by warm air passing over the cold North Sea and coming to rest over land. 

‘It’s a messy picture with a fairly broad brush today,’ said Mr Petagna. ‘It’s a murky, grey start to the day with mist and fog in places. 

‘There’s a few showers as well mainly towards the south and far south east of England. 

‘As we go through the day the low cloud an mist will tend to lift and become more confined to the hill of northern England and Scotland, so there could be a bit of murk over the Pennines this afternoon.’ 

Kayakers paddle along the Basingstoke canal near to Dogmersfield in Hampshire as the mercury hung around 13C

Kayakers paddle along the Basingstoke canal near to Dogmersfield in Hampshire as the mercury hung around 13C

Britain has basked in mild temperatures but gusts of wind are blowing in unsettled weather from the north

Britain has basked in mild temperatures but gusts of wind are blowing in unsettled weather from the north

Mist surrounds the Balmoral Clock on Princes Street in Edinburgh ahead of Scotland being hit by a blast of wind and rain later this week

Mist surrounds the Balmoral Clock on Princes Street in Edinburgh ahead of Scotland being hit by a blast of wind and rain later this week

The Met Office said the mist that hung over parts of the UK this morning would clear as the day progressed. Pictured: Edinburgh

The Met Office said the mist that hung over parts of the UK this morning would clear as the day progressed. Pictured: Edinburgh

The autumn leaves were spread across the water along the Basingstoke canal near to Dogmersfield in Hampshire as kayakers made the most of the warm weather

The autumn leaves were spread across the water along the Basingstoke canal near to Dogmersfield in Hampshire as kayakers made the most of the warm weather

Despite the grey weather, parts of the south east were expected to see highs of up to 59F (15C) today, with similar mild weather forecast for Wednesday. 

But western areas will be the first in line to be hit by the wet and windy weather as it blows in tomorrow. 

Mr Petagna said: ‘There is some rain moving in across western parts, so some wet and windy weather in the west. 

‘That will push eastwards across all areas, meaning Wednesday night could be quite windy. There could be some intense bursts of rain on that and some quite gusty winds as well.

‘And there’s more wet and windy weather morning east across all areas Thursday night into Friday morning.’

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