AUTUMN IS HERE 2013
September 22, marking the end of summer and the start of fall across the Northern Hemisphere. Autumn is the season of harvests, festivals, migrations, winter preparations, and of course, spectacular foliage. Across the north, people are beginning to feel a crisp chill in the evening air, leaves are reaching peak color, apples and pumpkins are being gathered, and animals are on the move. Collected here are some early images from this year's autumn --
Four year old William Orton of Harrogate leans on a giant pumpkin during the first day at the Autumn flower show in Harrogate, northern England, on September 13, 2013. The annual three day event features show gardens, flower displays, Giant vegetables, expert gardening and cooking advice and demonstrations. (Reuters/Nigel Roddis)
Foliage is at peak in the Crawford Notch area of New Hampshire's White Mountains, as seen in this view of Frankenstein Cliff, viewed from the 3,119 ft. summit of Mt. Crawford on October 5, 2013. (© Ken MacGray) #
The leaves of the wild Boston wild wine in autumn color are seen in Potsdam, Germany, on September 19, 2013.(Ralf Hirschberger/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Red Grouse stands in the heather at sunrise near Goathland in the North Yorkshire Moors in Pickering, England, on September 26, 2013. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #
Apples wait to be picked in an orchard at Stocks Farm in Suckley, near Worcester in Worcestershire, England, on October 8, 2013. According to English Apples and Pears, the fruit growers' trade association, the unusual combination of a late spring and hot summer has made this year's English crop the latest for a generation. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #
Bavarian farmers transport their cows on a boat over the picturesque Lake Koenigssee, on October 5, 2013. Before the winter season approaches, the farmers have to drive their cattle down from their Alpine meadows to a narrow valley that can only be reached by boat. (Reuters/Michaela Rehle) #
A couple rope jumps from a 44-meter high (144-ft high) waterpipe bridge in the Siberian Taiga area outside Krasnoyarsk, on September 29, 2013. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
Two deer clash antlers during a misty morning in Richmond Park, south west London, on September 27, 2013.(Reuters/Toby Melville) #
A black cat strolls over a pile of pumpkins at a farm near Potsdam, Germany, on September 10, 2013.(AP Photo/Ralf Hirschberger) #
A child dresses as a werewolf at the Shocktober Fest at Tulleys Farm on October 5, 2013 near Crawley, West Sussex. Each October thousands attend the United Kingdom's biggest Halloween themed attraction which includes six different haunted attractions and rides. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) #
Young vampires take part in a world record attempt at the Shocktober Fest at Tulleys Farm near Crawley, West Sussex, on October 5, 2013. The event set a new UK record for the biggest gathering of vampires, but missed out on breaking the world record.(Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) #
Storks fly over the border between Turkey and Syria, as they prepare to migrate above Hatay, on September 1, 2013.(Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #
Wheat, in a field of a Yubileiny private farm near the village of Lakino, some 95 km (59 miles) north of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on September 24, 2013. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
Sunlight highlights colorful Aspen trees as it shines through the clouds during a snowstorm on October 4, 2013, near Vail, Colorado.(AP Photo/Vail Resorts, Andrew Taylor) #
Peter Glazebrook of Newark poses with his first prize giant onion during the first day at the Autumn flower show in Harrogate, England, on September 13, 2013. (Reuters/Nigel Roddis) #
Oktoberfest waitresses hold sparklers while celebrating the end of the world's biggest beer festival, the 180th Oktoberfest, in Munich, Germany, on October 6, 2013. (Reuters/Michaela Rehle) #
A tourist (lower left) climbs on the rock named "The First Stolb" (the First Pillar) at the Stolby national nature reserve outside Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on October 2, 2013. Picturesque rocky blocks rising above the Taiga draw attention of tourists from all over Russia and abroad. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
Elizabeth Smith holds grapes as work begins at the start of the first grape harvest this year at Ryedale Vineyards in Malton, England, on September 28, 2013. (Ian Forsyth/Getty Images) #
A grape harvester walks through a steep field crossed by a small monorail (used to haul grapes and equipment) in the village of Manarola, in Italy's "Cinque Terre" region, on September 23, 2013. (Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images) #
The sun shines through leaves on September 20, 2013 in Berlin, Vermont. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot) #
Early morning fog enshrouds Tower Bridge in London, England, on September 24, 2013. (Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images) #
Visitors Kathrin and her daughter Sophie walk past a display meant to look like the Matterhorn and decorated entirely with 30,000 locally-grown pumpkins and squash at the Spargelhof Buschmann & Winkelmann farm in Klaistow, Germany, on October 1, 2013.(Sean Gallup/Getty Images) #
Mariah Evans, 16, from Riverside, eats a deep fried turkey leg at the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona, California, on September 4, 2013. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson) #
Mist lies in a valley near Goathland in the North Yorkshire Moors at sunrise in Pickering, England, on September 26, 2013.(Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #
A Kew Gardens employee creates a display with pumpkins at Kew Gardens, west of London, on October 2, 2013.(Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images) #
Storm clouds pass over a soybean field on October 2, 2013 near Salem, South Dakota. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) #
Tourists and Venetians stand on walkways during the first "Acqua Alta" of the season in Venice, Italy, on October 7, 2013. The high tide, or acqua alta as it is locally known, is a natural event most commonly affecting the city during Autumn and Winter.(Marco Secchi/Getty Images) #
Hoarfrost covers leaves in the village of Zabar, 137 km northeast of Budapest, Hungary, on October 4, 2013. The country reached a new record low for the day, of minus 9.4 degrees in Zabar, more than 4 degrees lower than the previous daily record.(AP Photo/MTI, Peter Komka) #
A bull elk makes its way through a corn field during the harvest at Kenison Farms in Levan, Utah, on October 5, 2013.(Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #
A combine harvests wheat on private farm near the village of Lakino, Russia, on September 24, 2013. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)
Forecasters said a cold front will start moving south from Scotland, bringing rain and cooler temperatures to most of the country.
Temperatures are expected to plunge as low as freezing in parts of Scotland overnight tonight and tomorrow with 50mph winds in north-east England.
Strong winds are set to batter coastal areas and large waves in the North Sea could breach sea walls in some areas and cause roads to flood.
People are being urged to avoid coastal paths and promenades in the affected areas of eastern England.
Beautiful scene: People walk past fallen leaves as the trees begin to take on their autumn colours at The Royal Victoria Park in Bath, Somerset
Pretty picture: The dew gathers on fallen leaves as the trees begin to take on their autumn colours at The Royal Victoria Park in Bath, Somerset
Green fingers: A resident attends to her plants on the balcony of a house overlooking the park as the trees begin to take on their autumn colours in Bath, Somerset
Wonderful: Although later than normal, experts at the Forestry Commission are predicting a spectacular autumn this year due to an ideal mix of sunshine and rain
Meanwhile, a beautiful set of photographs showed today how trees were beginning to take on their autumn colours in a park in Bath, Somerset.
Although later than normal, experts at the Forestry Commission are predicting a spectacular autumn this year due to an ideal mix of sunshine and rain. This provided perfect conditions for the sugars to build up in the leaves that help them change colour and develop their vibrant autumn hues.
Forecasters said Britain would feel the contrast in weather after basking in above-average temperatures up to 22C (72F) in some areas in recent days.
A yellow 'be aware' severe weather warning for wind has been issued for tomorrow by the Met Office for the East Coast of England.
Crash: A huge wave soaked a cyclist as he tried to ride through the difficult conditions at Old Colwyn in Colwyn Bay, North Wales
Dangerous: Cars were covered by strong waves as a cyclist tried to ride through the treacherous conditions at Old Colwyn in Colwyn Bay, North Wales
Completely soaked: This cyclist was covered in water after getting hit by a wave while trying to ride his bicycle at Old Colwyn in Colwyn Bay, North Wales
On the ground: A conker or Horse Chestnut seed lies among fallen leaves as the trees begin to take on their autumn colours at The Royal Victoria Park in Bath
Change: Temperatures are expected to plunge as low as freezing in parts of Scotland overnight tonight and tomorrow with 50mph winds in north-east England
Getting colder: Forecasters said a cold front will start moving south from Scotland, bringing rain and cooler temperatures to most of the country
Temperatures will reach a maximum of 13C (55F) during the day and plunge into single figures overnight in many parts of Britain.
MeteoGroup forecaster Laura Caldwell said: ‘Through today colder air will sink southwards and bring a few showers with it and the winds will also pick up.
‘That colder air is going to be sinking through Thursday and Friday and temperatures will be struggling to get into double figures.
‘There are going to be colder, windier conditions. Compared to what we have had, it will definitely feel cooler across the UK.’
Going for a stroll: People walk their dogs past fallen leaves as the trees begin to take on their autumn colours at The Royal Victoria Park in Bath, Somerset
Mercury falling: Temperatures will reach a maximum of 13C (55F) during the day and plunge into single figures overnight in many parts of Britain
Up in the air: An ideal mix of sunshine and rain has meant a great growing season for the nation's trees, pictured here at The Royal Victoria Park in Bath, Somerset
Watch out: The Indian summer is set to disappear over the next few days as high winds and freezing temperatures hit parts of Britain
Looking ahead: The UK outlook for Thursday and Friday is for blustery showers along eastern parts of the country. The Royal Victoria Park in Bath is pictured
Splash: Two people walk along the beach at Ballycasle in County Antrim today, as strong winds forced ferry crossings to nearby Rathlin Island to be cancelled
The Environment Agency said strong winds and large waves could cause ‘minor disruption’ along the North Sea coast tomorrow from Yorkshire to Essex.
‘Spray and waves may overtop sea walls and people are urged to stay safe and avoid coastal paths and promenades,’ a spokesman said.
‘The high winds and localised flooding on roads could make driving conditions difficult in coastal areas.’
The agency advised people to stay up to date with the latest weather forecasts and warnings by visiting its website for flood information.