UK weather: Heavy rain and strong winds as Arctic blast brings temperature plunge

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Heavy rain and strong winds are set to hit parts of the UK this week, as a weather front from Iceland sees temperatures plunge.

Conditions are expected to get worse as March draws to a close, with the north west facing the worst of the wintry showers by Friday and the mercury could dip as low as 2C by the weekend.

Before that though, Monday is expected to be much more pleasant with the south east enjoying spring-like sunshine and highs of 13C.

It comes after highs of 14.2C were recorded in Usk, Monmouthshire, on Sunday, but calmer climate won’t last for long as the Met Office expects the winds to start moving in on Tuesday.



The forecast for Monday morning
Today will see higher temperatures as the day goes on – but they’ll plunge again by the weekend

A Met Office spokesman said: “For many it will get off to a fine start this week but  the weather is going to turn more unsettled and it will turn colder too.

“Through Monday its going to be a cloudy day amongst parts of northern, western Scotland as well as Northern Ireland with drizzly rain around the coast and over hills.

“Otherwise across much of the UK there will be sunny spells and it should stay largely dry but also quite cloudy for the southern counties.

“The best of the temperatures will be to eastern parts of Scotland where we could get into the mid teens.

“Through the rest of the week we are going to see a spell of wet and blustery weather pushing through as we go through Tuesday into Wednesday.



A young girl losing control of her umbrella
The bad weather will sweep in from Iceland this week

“But it’s towards the end of the week a deeper area of low pressure is going to bring more unsettled weather to most parts.

“For all of us, we’re likely to see temperatures dropping.”

Temperatures are expected to drop steadily during the week, falling as low as 2C in parts of Scotland by Saturday, and 4C in the south of England.

Forecast maps show the weather front moving south east towards the UK from Iceland, with rain sweeping across the country by the end of the week.

Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern added: “The storm track goes to Iceland.

“The further north and west you are, the more changeable it will be, with outbreaks of rain and wind at times.”



A lady is caught by a wave crashing over the promenade
There is also a risk of flooding in parts of the country as heavy rain moves in

Another Met Office forecaster warned that the treacherous weather will drag on all the way up until the Easter weekend.

They said: “Rain and stronger winds arrive in the North-West of the UK later on Tuesday.

“Northern and western parts will see the heaviest rain and strongest winds from Thursday, with unsettled conditions and possibly fresh to strong winds for other parts at times.

“Unsettled conditions may continue in the northwest through to the end of March and to April 4.”

While heavy rainfall is not predicted for today experts are still warning of a chance of flooding in some areas in England.

The Environment Agency currently has 12 flood alerts in place for the country, meaning ‘flooding is possible’ in affected areas.



A man walks along the promenade in Dover, Kent, during strong winds and rain
The weather is expected to get worse as the week goes on

UK Weather Forecast

Today:

Early mist and fog patches clearing, then a mainly dry day with variable cloud and some spells of sunshine, whilst some drizzle is possible in the far north and north-west.

Tonight:

Cloudy with a little drizzle in the far north and north-west, else dry with areas of cloud and also some clear spells leading to patchy frost and fog.

Tuesday:

Generally dry with a good deal of cloud and some sunny intervals. Becoming windier in the north-west with rain moving east across Northern Ireland and western Scotland during the afternoon.





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