BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood warns temperatures to drop to -2C as Arctic gales batter UK

Gales and heavy rain that battered the UK over the weekend will continue to hit north-western parts of the country today as a severe  front makes its way through the country. The BBC's warned that where Britons will be spared of rain showers and winds, temperatures will fall dramatically. She said: “We have a weather front in the north-west which is going to be producing some rain.

“It’s also going to be windy across Scotland and Northern Ireland.

“That weather front will move southwards through the week, weakening all the time.

“We’ve got a chilly start to the day, especially where there are clear skies across England and Wales.

“You can see that we have this weather front across the north-west which is producing rain and also windy conditions across Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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“But you can also see that we have a lot of dry weather around, some low clouds in Cornwall.

“And the breeze is not going to be as strong as it was at the weekend but it still is a chilly breeze.

“The strongest winds are across the north-west of Scotland.

“Temperatures 7C to 13C. Through this evening and overnight, still a lot of clear skies around so the temperatures will fall away quite quickly.

“For England and for Wales, it’s going to be another cold and frosty one. Temperatures could easily fall to -2C.”

The weather forecaster has said the rain will become heavy at times later on Monday and is likely to persist through Tuesday and the first part of Wednesday.

Throughout the period two to three inches (50 to 75mm) of rain is likely quite widely, with four to five (100 to 125mm) possible in places, mainly on higher ground.

There will be very strong southerly winds which will be an additional hazard.

Across the UK generally, the Met Office has said the next five days will be breezy, but mostly sunny and bright.

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