My alarm feels as though it goes off in the middle of the night. It doesn't, of course, but at this time of year it's still dark at 6am and unless the weather's doing something extreme it's tricky to do a visual assessment of conditions.
Outside with my dogs in the pre-dawn gloom it became clear that it was reasonably mild and dry and then as the sun rose it was obvious that things were looking fine.
Generally speaking there will be little change to that theme over the next few days. London and the home counties are in line for dry weather with plenty of sunny spells but temperatures will be gradually declining by day with the nights turning chilly too.
All in all there's no escaping the fact that autumn is gradually tightening its grip and although some of us may mourn the passing of summer there are others for whom the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is the best time of year.
So if you are one of those people this week's weather will hit the spot.