The UK looks set to be hit with “severe” gales, rain and possible snow as it heads into the week of the general election.
With colder-than-average temperatures and unsettled conditions expected at the end of next week, forecasters said snow is increasingly likely “the further north you go” between Wednesday and Friday 13 December.
Rain has battered western Scotland this week, where a yellow weather warning remains in place until Friday lunchtime, and the Met Office said the generally “settled” conditions elsewhere look set to change, starting on Thursday.
Frosty mornings and sunshine are expected to be replaced with blustery rain, prompting flood warnings in Scotland and England.
Of the four flood warnings currently issued by the Environment Agency, Gloucestershire could see issues due to an excess of groundwater left over from the extreme rainfall of autumn, while in the northeast, high tides and breached rivers are responsible for the increased risk.