BRITS are set to get drenched as a cyclone brings a three-day washout with flood warnings, plunging temps and freezing gales from today.

The Met Office has warned a cyclone stretching from Scandinavia to Spain will thrash Britain in the coming hours.

Flood alerts have already been issued for parts of Scotland and the north of England as the cyclone brings a heavy band of rain, chilly gales as well as lighting and thunder.

The sudden change will see a nippy start of the Wimbledon championships on Monday though London will fortunately dodge the worst of the bad weather.

A massive low-pressure system off the west coast will send temperatures tumbling in parts of the country, with lows falling to 10C or 11C in the north and Scotland.

Brits could be reaching for the winter coats as temps drop to 4C overnight in the more northerly parts, thanks to what British Weather Services forecaster Jim Dale calls a "polar maritime airmass across the country".


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Scotland's Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has already issued two flood alerts for Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

And Met Office meteorologist Martin Bowles warned of "further wet and windy weather" across the northwest from Monday evening as showers move across the rest of the UK tomorrow.

Cloud cover will mostly keep temps mild and in single figures from some rural areas in the south east – a far cry from the blistering 34C highs of mid-June.

Skies should clear and temps rise for much of the south east from Monday evening onwards giving a moment of reprieve before another band of rain sweeps through mid-week onwards.

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From today, a showery band of rain will move eastwards with a risk of morphing into a thunder storm. Western areas will turn dry with sunny spells by the afternoon.

More rain will hit on Tuesday and heavy in places with coastal gales.

Showers will be around for much of Wednesday and Thursday when they will be heavy with a risk of hail and thunders.

Met office spokesperson Oli Claydon told The Sun Online: "This is not going to be an Atlantic hurricane, just a low pressure system in charge of the UK's weather this week. It comes after a high pressure system was in charge across the UK.

"For much of this week, we'll see a low pressure system front of rain and showers at times moving from west to east.

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"That means a fairly unsettled working week with conditions settling again in south and east on Friday with ridge of high pressure moving in ahead of the weekend.

"That won't be the case for the north and west of the country where there will be more lower pressure with more wind and rain in the expected in the north west."

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