BBC Weather’s Carol Kirkwood warned of plunging temperatures with inland wind speeds of more than 40mph across the UK. Temperatures are expected to range between 10C to 14C as a band of rain sweeps northwards. The Met Office has weather warnings in place for rain mid-week.
Ms Kirkwood said: “Gusty winds today especially in the west but also in the south at 40mph plus with exposure.
“Temperature-wise we’re looking at a range between 10C and 14C and as we head on through the evening and overnight that rain continues to push up into the far northeast of Scotland and then behind it is a return to blustery showers.
“It will be a chilly night, not a particularly cold one but it will be chilly.
“Tomorrow the low pressure that is dominating today will still be with us.
“It’s going to be another day of blustery showers, some of those heavy and thundery.
“This deep area of pressure that is centered to the south of Iceland, it contains an ex-hurricane and in the Atlantic will have wind speeds of 100mph.
“That means it’s picking up all these waves so in western areas with exposure they could have waves five to ten metres high.
“Something certainly to bear in mind.”
Wet and windy weather is set to sweep the nation from the second day of the half-term holidays in England and Wales, with weather warnings in the west for later in the week.
The Met Office has forecast an “unsettled week of autumnal weather”, starting with chilly nights and a rain front expected to affect all parts of the UK on Tuesday.
A yellow weather warning for rain which could cause flooding and travel disruption is also in place for north-west England and west Wales, from midday on Thursday until the weekend.
The areas covered by the warning stretch from Carlisle in Cumbria to just north of Cardiff, including Bangor.
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Strong winds are also expected on the south coast on Tuesday evening, with gusts of up to 40mph in Dover.
“Substantial rainfall” will hit the country from midday on Thursday until the weekend, with up to 130mm of rain predicted in the Welsh mountains, and averages of 30-40mm for the rest of the UK.
Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said: “The rain will be more concentrated from Thursday, coming in from the west again and affecting all parts of the UK, but particularly Wales and north-western parts of England.
“Overall, we’re looking at an unsettled autumnal week of weather.”
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