Autumn weather: latest pictures

By MSN UK News. Image: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
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Strong winds and cooler temperatures are giving much of the country a proper taste of autumn.

Gale-force northerly winds will develop in coastal areas of eastern England with the likelihood of gusts between 50 and 60 miles an hour in places.

This picture shows huge waves battering the coast at Seaburn near Sunderland.

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The sea pounds the coastline at Seaburn near Sunderland.

The high winds have the potential to cause "minor" disruption in some areas because of large waves in the North Sea which could possibly 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.

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Two people walk along the beach at Ballycasle in County Antrim, where strong winds have forced ferry crossings to nearby Rathlin island to be cancelled.

The Environment Agency has warned that strong winds and large waves could cause "minor disruption" along the North Sea coast 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."

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Waves burst over the seafront at Seaburn near Sunderland.

The Met Office has issued a yellow severe weather warning affecting the East Midlands, East of England, North East England and Yorkshire and Humber regions.

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The sun rises behind trees in Chinley, High Peak, Derbyshire.

The high winds will be accompanied by colder weather with temperatures expected to plunge as low as freezing in parts of Scotland.

Laura Caldwell, forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said Britain would feel the contrast after basking in above-average temperatures as high as 22C (72F) in some areas in recent days. Temperatures would reach a maximum of 13C (55F) during the day and plunge into single figures overnight in many parts of Britain, she said.

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Autumn colours on display in Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

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The autumn sun rises behind Tintern Abbey in the Wye Valley.

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Early morning mist hides the skyline of London, as seen in Richmond Park.

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Council workers clear autumn leaves from a pavement in Stockport, Lancashire.

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Cyclists ride through early morning mist in Richmond Park.

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Autumn colours on display at Burnby Hall Gardens, Pocklington, East Yorkshire.

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A deer enjoys the autumnal sun in Richmond Park.