Met Office warning as storms and heavy rain to pummel Brits before snow hits

Britain is set to face strong winds, heavy rain, and potential flooding this week, before temperatures plummet next week, bringing snow along with them.

After a mixed start to the week with bright spells and showers, the Met Office said the rain will become heavier from Wednesday.

Yellow weather warnings for rain are in place for Wednesday and Thursday across the Northwest of England and parts of Scotland, where up to 60mm of water could fall, the Daily Mirror reports.

Wednesday could also see winds reach 60mph according to WXCharts, with Northwest England bearing the brunt of the gusts.

Jim NR Dale, of British Weather Services, told the Daily Express: "Winds highest in far north and northwest, gusting plus 60 mph but mainly across areas used to such winds.

"All caused by nearby low-pressure system and associated waving frontal system – driven by the jet stream. Not that unusual at this time of year."

Paul Michaelwaite, a NetWeather forecaster, says there will be a north-south divide in the weather.

He said: "The north and west will see more of the wetter, windier weather, whereas those further southeast will see more in the way of dry conditions.

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"The reason for the split is that, for the time being, low pressures are going to track nearer to the north of the country, allowing those further south and east to enjoy a bit more shelter and closer proximity to high pressure over the continent.

"A very similar setup is likely to persist right through the upcoming week, but with low pressure slowly furthering its influence in the south.

"Then by next weekend and the beginning of November, it does look likely that those further south will be getting in on the wet, windy action more often."

After a fairly mild October the mercury is also expected to drop notably next week where parts of northern Scotland could have temperatures as low as -4C by November 3, according to WX Charts.

The north of England could have freezing temperatures with Newcastle likely to be around 0C.

It is part of an Arctic polar vortex which is expected to bring snow across higher ground but also fall in parts of Lancashire and the Midlands.

There could be snow further south as well and even flurries in Norwich and Bury St-Edmonds.

The southeast of England and the Midlands are expected to have milder weather, with temperatures around 3C and 4C, and the cold weather is expected to continue throughout the first week of November.

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