Three-day cyclone batters a cold UK with heavy rain and freezing gales

The heavens are set to open as a three-day cyclone batters the UK.

Along with flood warnings, many Brits can expect freezing gales and unseasonably low temperatures as this week heralds the end of June.

A cyclone, stretching from Scandinavia to Spain, has headed this way with heavy rain, chilly winds and thunder and lightning all forecast.

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But the Wimbledon tennis championships, which got underway yesterday (June 27) with home victories for Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu, might just avoid the worst of the weather, along with the rest of London.

Temperatures in the north and Scotland could dip as low as 10C or 11C, though, due to the massive low-pressure system off the west coast.

British Weather Services forecaster Jim Dale has called the weather band a "polar maritime airmass across the country".

Heavy rain is forecast in many places today (June 28), along with coastal gales.

Showers will also be around for much of Wednesday (June 29) and Thursday (June 30) when it is again predicted that they will be heavy with hail and thunder also possible.

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The south and east will heat up heading into the weekend, but the outlook for the rest of the country is expected to remain bleak over Friday (July 1), Saturday (July 2) and Sunday (July 3).

Met Office spokesperson Oli Claydon told The Sun: "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. That means a fairly unsettled working week with conditions settling again in south and east on Friday with a 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 expected in the north west."

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