Arctic wind bomb as 50mph gales and snow set to batter Britain

Britain is in for a wild and windy start to the week with near gale-force winds expected for northern parts of the country.

Yellow wind warnings are in place for much of Scotland for Monday and Tuesday, with weather maps showing the country blanketed in rapidly-moving lines.

"A spell of strong winds is likely to cross Scotland between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, potentially bringing travel disruption," the Met Office says.

Some hill snow is also predicted for Scotland, mainly over the north which could see up to 5cm of it in areas 300m above sea level, Express Online reports.

BBC forecaster Matt Taylor warned of strong winds "touching gale-force" slamming the UK over the weekend, with wind speeds of up to 50mph detected in some places.

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Many Brits will also see a wet end to the weekend, with heavy rain predicted for most of Wales and southern England from the early hours of Sunday morning on. The rain will quickly move upwards to Scotland, which will be drenched by late morning with some rain falling as snow.

Western parts of the UK will likely stay wet while conditions become milder in the south.

Temperatures will plunge in the north of England next week, with Sheffield falling to 3C and Manchester and Leeds dropping as low as 1C on Tuesday.

Later in the week, there will be patches of sunlight in between all the wind and rain, but the north could see some fearsome gales.

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By Thursday temperatures will have dipped again, with the Met Office predicting frost in some parts, but things will warm up again for Friday.

There are currently 24 flood alerts in place across England, mostly in the south-west but several in Norfolk as well.

Scotland currently has five flood alerts in place.

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