Brits face 52mph gale force winds and torrential rain as Arctic blast sweeps in

Brits face gale force winds and torrential rain as an Arctic blast sweeps over the country.

The Met Office predicted up to 52mph gusts will batter north western regions of Scotland on Tuesday.

The storms and winds were expected to be felt across the nation and parts of England and Wales in the afternoon, the Mirror reports.

The chaotic conditions come from an 800 mile-wide storm that was centred on Iceland.

Conditions are predicted to get worse as March draws to a close, with the north west facing the worst of the wintry showers by Friday and the mercury could dip as low as 2C by the weekend.

Forecasters at the Met Office say the North-West will be worst affected by the Icelandic storm, with the South-East also hit at times.

Temperatures are also expected to plunge during the week and experts are warning of a chance of flooding in some areas in England.

The Environment Agency currently has 10 flood alerts in place for the country, meaning 'flooding is possible' in affected areas.

The south coast was expected be spared the full wrath of the storm on Tuesday as forecasters predict gusts of about 15mph in many areas in the far south.

After a dry start to the day, and with some sunshine in the south and east, conditions will soon give way to a heavy downpour in vast swathes of the country.

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The wet weather will strike many parts of the UK, with the worst affected regions in the north, as the band of rainfall lashes the country before slowly moving south.

The strongest wind is expected to be felt from midday before ramping up by about 3pm.

Experts at the Met Office had previously issued warnings of gales and downpours hitting the North-West from Tuesday, and said it could spread to other parts from Thursday.

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A Met Office spokesman said: "For many it will get off to a fine start this week but the weather is going to turn more unsettled and it will turn colder too.

"Through the rest of the week we are going to see a spell of wet and blustery weather pushing through as we go through Tuesday into Wednesday.

"But it's towards the end of the week a deeper area of low pressure is going to bring more unsettled weather to most parts.

"For all of us, we're likely to see temperatures dropping."

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