Brits to be battered by gales and heavy rain with return of snow for some

Brits are to be battered by gales and heavy rain, with some parts of the country to expect snow.

Starting today, a four day stint of weather warnings is set to hit the country which will seep into the weekend.

On Thursday forecasters predict the possibility of snowfall in parts of the north west.

Yellow weather warnings have also been issued for parts of Scotland.

In addition to this, South Wales and parts of South West England are also set to experience heavy downpour.

This comes despite mercury rising in the past week with warmer weather and sunshine.

The cold weather is here to stay with warnings stretching into the weekend.

The weather will be much milder over the coming days – reaching possible highs of 17C in southern England over the weekend, in sharp contrast to the Baltic temperatures last week brought by the "Beast from the East 2".

But the spring-like sunshine will be spoilt in parts of the country by frequent showers and heavy downpours.

There are 73 flood warnings or alerts in place in England, with flooding expected in areas of East Yorkshire, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.

Persistent, heavy rain will hit much of the country today, with coastal gales and frost on Thursday night, reports The Mirror.

There will be sunshine and scattered showers throughout the day after the early rain moves eastwards.

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Friday will be mainly dry for central and eastern areas, but torrential rain will blight the west.

And the wet weather and strong winds will mostly blow over on Saturday, with Sunday and Monday bringing much clearer conditions.

Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said: "The whole of the UK is now in a mild air mass which has brought quite a significant change in temperatures and also in terms of weather hazards, so the focus moves to wind and rain.

"There will be periods of brightness at times as well, but everywhere pretty much will be seeing that wet and windy weather through the week."

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