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Incredible splash of autumn colours

What a way to end the summer: Incredible splash of autumn colours as Britain prepares for 27C by Friday

Spring has sprung, summer has sizzled and now autumn is bursting into colour.As forecasters predict a balmy Indian Summer this week, these stunning pictures show it might be time to step out and enjoy what's become an incredible light show in our parks and countryside.
Taken at Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury, Gloucestershire, they show a riot of colour - just why the poet John Keats said autumn is the season of 'mists and mellow fruitfulness'.


Rich reds and browns are taking over the trees as their leaves turn wonderful shades of dramatic seasonal colour.
And despite the days growing shorter, Brits have been told there's no need to put the barbecues away just yet with the temperature set to soar to 81F next weekend.
The first days of usually frosty October will instead be bathed in sunshine for most of the country, with London some parts of the south east forecast to bask in able to bask in a balmy 27C (81F).
And while cooler weather is inevitable as winter approaches, the 'Indian Summer' is forecast to remain settled for the next couple of weeks.

Met Office forecaster Chris Almond said: 'For central and Eastern parts, next week will be very warm.
'It will be a slow start, with possibly a little cloud, but towards the second half of the week, Wednesday and Thursday onwards, it will be clear and sunny with temperatures in the low to mid 20C's.
'Some parts of the south east could reach 27C and this will travel through to the weekend. I think it could be barbecue weather for the bulk of the country.
'Those in parts of Northern Ireland and western Scotland won't be so fortunate, it won't be as warm and they may see some rain.
'Further north may also be cloudy, but most of the country will see sunshine. It will last through the weekend and there is no sign of it changing much - it will become slightly less warm towards the following week, but it will still be reasonably settled.
'We are going into October so it will start to cool down eventually. It is much warmer than average, but it is not unheard of, it's not breaking any records. However, it is definitely about 5C warmer than you would expect.'

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Added: Sep-26-2011 Occurred On: Sep-26-2011
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