TODAY will be a complete washout for most areas since the Storm Etienne tail is set to carry up to 17 hours of heavy and persistent rain and a bit of snow.
Rain will come from the southwest and will affect most of the country and most areas will see heavy bursts at times.
Wales, southwestern England and the northern parts will be the hardest hit, according to the Met Office with around 30 millimeters falling during the day.
Most areas will see rain during the day with Birmingham seeing one of the longest downpours where it had to rain for around 17 hours.
Tonight the front will hit Cornwall with heavy rain before spreading north-east to Scotland, where the snow will rise above the Pennines and the mountains of southern Scotland.
It will then travel north-east to the UK, bringing moderate to heavy rains on Wednesday, but weakening as it progresses.
The snow is also expected in the hilly areas tomorrow, first thing for commuting in the morning, but this is not expected to last long.
Scotland, the Pennines, the Peak District and the Cumbrian Fells could see snowfall.
Despite the rain and the cloudy conditions, it will feel mild enough, especially in the south with maximum temperatures reaching 13-14 ° C, although temperatures in the northern regions of Scotland will struggle to overcome zero.
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Things will improve on Thursday but remain still breezy and feel cold with rainy periods before getting worse by the end of the working week.
Strong wind winds are expected to beat large parts of the United Kingdom as a deep zone of low pressure moves.
The Met Office said it would be a windy day for everyone, but in the north the speed could reach between 60-70 mph, while this could reach 80 mph in the exposed areas, causing a danger to life.
While it will feel quite unpleasant for most of the day, temperatures will still be around 13-14 ° C.
The Met Office warned of the potential danger to life of flying debris, large waves and beach material thrown on sea fronts, coastal roads and properties – since the heavy rain should accompany the wind in many areas.
5-day weather forecast
After an icy start and some first areas of fog, the United Kingdom will be bright, rather cold and dry, apart from some rain in the north-west of Scotland. The cloud will rise later from the southwest, bringing rain into Cornwall before sunset.
The rain will spread north-east from Cornwall, becoming heavy in the south of Wales, and perhaps turning into snow over the Pennines and Cumbrian mountains. Northern and eastern Scotland will be freezing.
Further rains will move eastward to much of the UK, leaving sun and showers to the west. The exception will be Northern Scotland, which will remain bright and cold.
Forecast for Thursday to Saturday:
Windy with irregular rain Thursday. Wet and very windy Friday, with the possibility of wind for many, perhaps serious on the coasts and hills. Breezy on Saturdays with sun and showers.
Source: Met Office
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The Met Office warned of a "very windy Friday" but said the situation could change.
"Friday looks very windy, but keep an eye on the latest forecasts, since we will be able to define the details (ie the timing and position of the strongest winds) closer to the time, which means that the 39; warning may change slightly in the next few days, "they said.
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