THE UK can expect a wet and windy start to spring, as heavy rain is set to hit the country this week.
The Met Office has issued a three-day weather warning for the UK advising of heavy persistent rain which may lead to flooding.
The gloomy forecast also warns homes and businesses may be affected with some interruption to power supplies.
It will no likely add increasing stress across the country, as the coronavirus pandemic leads to many working from home, and a nationwide school shutdown.
The Met Office weather warning is in effect from 6pm on Monday until 12pm on Wednesday.
The week will begin with parts of the country waking up to frost this morning, though plenty of sunshine is expected.
However, this is set to change as a weather front approaches northwest Scotland, bringing clouds and a downpour.
The rain will become heavy at times later on Monday and is likely to persist, moving southeast into England and Wales mid-week.
A maximum of five inches of downpour is expected, mainly on higher ground.
In addition, strong southerly winds are also expected, bringing with them an additional hazard.
From Tuesday through to Thursday, much of the UK will dry with sunshine after frosty nights.
Dry and bright with plenty of sunshine, but turning hazy in the north and west. Wet and windy in the far northwest of Scotland with coastal gales.
Many places dry with sunshine after frosty nights. Persistent heavy rain in northwest Scotland becoming lighter and more patchy as it clears southeastwards into England and Wales by Thursday.
Rain will push across Scotland and Northern Ireland on Wednesday, but England and Wales will remain dry and fine.
The Met Office predicts dry and settled conditions to dominate through the end of March and into early April, bringing plenty of bright or sunny spells across the UK, particularly in the south and east.
However, rain is likely to spread to northwestern areas at times, and could develop more widely briefly at times.
This unsettled weather could become more widespread across the north towards the end of the month..
Temperatures likely around average for the time of year with large diurnal ranges bringing a risk of overnight frosts.
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