New weather maps have revealed the exact time a giant wall of rain “the size of Britain” will hit the UK as temperatures plummet below freezing.
The UK will see heavy rain at 6am on Wednesday, December 13, with the entire country set for a soggy time next week, according to WXCharts weather maps.
Belfast in Northern Ireland, most of Scotland and Cardiff are set to be drenched with a chance of more than 15mm of rain per hour, while heavy gusts of wind are set to batter London, Norfolk and Edinburgh at speeds of more than 50mph.
Most of England will see much less rain, but it is still expected to see about 1mm of rain per hour from Thursday, November 30, to Monday, December 11.
But London may avoid rain altogether along with Newcastle.
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It comes as the UK is also preparing for a snow bomb to hit before the end of next week, with between 1cm and 10cm of snow set to hit cities including Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield.
Scotland is set to be hit with the most snow, with those living in Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Highlands told they could see up to 25cm of snow this week.
According to the Met Office, the coolest temperatures and snowy conditions are to be expected towards the end of this week as some areas could be as cold as -10C.
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Despite the maps showing snow for large parts of the UK and the Met Office confirming the possibility, David Oliver, a Met Office deputy chief meteorologist said it was “far from certain”.
He said: “Some models include the prospect of an area of low pressure developing and moving in from the south or southwest.
“If this solution proves to be correct, we could see an area of warmer and moisture-laden air ‘bumping’ into the cold air further north.
“Along the boundary of the two air masses lies a zone across southern and central Britain where snowfall could develop fairly widely.
“Snow in any affected area is unlikely to be anything more than transient and short-lived, but it could lead to small totals and some disruption over a few hours before melting.”
Mr Oliver added that the most uncertain time for weather would be on Thursday and Friday when the south of the country could see “very wet” weather, with flood warnings in place for some parts of the UK.
The Met Office says snowfall in late autumn or early winter doesn’t generally linger – especially in southern Britain – because ground temperatures broadly remain relatively high after the summer, especially compared with values in late winter, after the ground loses more of its warmth.
A yellow health alert has been issued to the health sector covering northern regions of England for the week by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).
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