General Election polar blast to smash UK as 100mph gales and snow to hit

Gale-force winds, snow, hail and thunder are all set to slam the UK as a polar blast descends ahead of the General Election.

The stormy weather will batter Britain between now and the election on Thursday, as the bookies cut odds to just 2/1 on wind speeds exceeding 100mph.

A yellow weather warning is in place from Tuesday into Wednesday from the Midlands, Manchester north Wales and Scotland, with a high chance of very strong winds and stormy showers.

There is also possible power cuts and travel disruption on the cards.

A cold snap is then forecast, as temperatures plunge as people hit the polling stations on Thursday, with lows of 2C.

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Heavy winds and snow will then spread northeast over higher ground through Wednesday night and Thursday. The coldest weather will be in the Highlands of Scotland on Wednesday where a yellow warning for ice is in place.

As the results come in across the country northern areas will also see wintry showers into Friday, according to the latest forecasts from the Met Office.

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A Met Office spokesman said: "There is some snow in the forecast but we are not expecting any snow below high ground.

"There will be snow in the Highlands and higher parts of the Lake District, but we are not expecting snow to be a risk to people.

"If you look at election day there is a potential for parts of the Lake District and Southern Pennines but below several hundred metres.

"It will then turn cold with squally rains and showers with the potential for hail and thunder in some places."

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "It looks as though we'll see a bit of everything on the weather front over the next few weeks with record-breaking rain on the way and strong winds before snow takes over heading into Christmas."

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