UK weather forecast threatens washout week with Britain set to be hit with downpours and 40mph gales

Rain is forecast today for large parts of England and Wales as heavy showers due to push up north overnight bringing the threat of thunderstorms.

Across the country there is a high chance of rainfall, with a 90 per cent likelihood in London this afternoon.

Tomorrow is forecast to be drier – but not for long, with the Western coast set to be blasted with the most rainfall and gales of up to 40mph on Wednesday and Thursday.

Scotland and Ireland are likely to be dryer than the rest of the UK over the next few days, but could still be hit by rain.



Temperatures hit highs of 15.3C on both Saturday and Sunday – the warmest days for five months after an unusually cold winter.

But those will drop tonight, set to sink below freezing in the Shetlands with an average of 8-9C in the rest of the country, with milder temperatures persisting during the week.

Marco Petagna of the Met Office predicted a "very changeable week ahead".

He said: "The best way to sum it up is that there will be rain at time in most areas of the country.

"It will be windy too, fairly strong in some places."

He added that Brits should be prepared for some rain and would need their "umbrellas at the ready".

Temperatures will drop from the balmy weekend averaging 7-9C in the North and 10-12C  in the South.

Tomorrow will be the "best day of the week", Petagna said, with "less rain and a touch of frost in some places".

The fast-changing weather continues from last week, when more snow barrelled into the UK on a front dubbed the "Pest from the West".

Just days after the Beast from the East brought the country to a standstill, further sleet and wintry showers hit parts of central England, Wales, the North and Scotland.

The cold snap – dubbed the "Beast from the East" – triggered an estimated £50 million of cold weather payments.

Nearly two million people across Britain were eligible for the money in the seven days to March 2.

Some £7.2 million alone went to residents in the area covered by the Coleshill weather station, which includes Birmingham, Coventry and Dudley.

A further £4.3 million was triggered for people in Doncaster and Sheffield, while £2.7 million went to residents covered by the Gravesend weather station, including Dartford, Romford and Southend-on-Sea.

In total, £90.7 million is estimated to have been paid out across Great Britain since the 2017/18 scheme began, according to the Department for Work and Pensions.

This is well above the amount for 2016/17 (£3.1 million) and 2015/16 (£3.9 million), but still below the £141.7 million paid in 2012/13.

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