Heavy rain, thunder and hail to batter Brits as mercury drops in autumn chill

Heavy rain and even hail has been forecast to blast parts of Britain this week as a clear sign winter is on its way.

The Met Office says more rainfall is to come after the soaking that left parts of the southeast underwater by the end of last week.

A combination of sun and showers will be seen all over the UK with some regions feeling breezier than others.

As the days shorten with Halloween and then Bonfire Night just days away, Brits will quickly begin to notice a drop off in temperature.

Eastern parts of the country may escape the worst of the wet weather on Monday, but those in the west have been warned to ready for heavy and frequent showers.

Isolated showers in Kent and Sussex could spread across the region with a chance of heavy showers in some parts.

It comes after Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin warned there could be "persistent rain for a number of days" across the country from Monday afternoon as an Atlantic stream headed towards the UK.

Monday's forecast: Morning

The morning will see temperatures ranging from 9 degrees in Scotland and Northern Ireland which will see showers in the morning that could turn thunderous.

It becomes slightly warmer as we move down the region with 11 degrees in northern areas.

The Midlands forecast is 10C at 7am and London and Plymouth will see 12C.

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Afternoon

The further east and southeastern areas will see drier weather with mid-afternoon temperatures ranging from 12 degrees in Scotland and Northern Ireland, 14 degrees in the north and in Wales.

The midlands and southeastern areas will see temperatures ranging from 14-15 degrees.

Evening

A rainy evening for Scotland and Northern Ireland as we head into the evening. It'll be drier for the rest of England and Wales.

Tuesday's weather

Tuesday will see rain lingering on in Northern Ireland and Scotland at times, with heavy rainfall expected in some places, especially eastern Scotland.

It will be drier further south with some sunny spells and mild temperatures everywhere, the Met Office predicts, but it will be increasingly windy.

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