VOTERS heading out to cast their vote today will have to deal with widespread rain and cold as the UK enjoys its first general election in December since 1923.
The Met Office is predicting continued bouts of rain across the country particularly heavily in London throughout the day so prospective voters are likely to get a “soaking”. The forecast predicts rain across Northern Ireland, Wales and southwest England spreading into most other regions. Met Office forecaster Nicola Maxey said: “By polling day on Thursday we’ll also have to contend with freezing temperatures and heavy rain.
“The good news is that that rain is expected to move quickly eastwards throughout the day.
“But it’s highly likely that those heading out to cast their vote will get a pretty good soaking.”
There is also an ice risk in parts of Scotland with two weather warnings being issued by the Met office for icy conditions and risks of ice on roads.
Temperatures look set to hover round the upper single digits in the South while the North is colder with temperatures peaking at the lower end closer to zero.
Friday brings with it the promise of further outbreaks of rain continuing through to the start of next week when temperatures will return to being more mild.
However, those milder conditions aren’t set to last as Britain faces festive weather chaos with five brutal storms threatening to unleash -11C (12.2F) gales, torrential rain, heavy snow and blizzards through the run up to Christmas.
A super-charged jet stream has opened the gates to the fury of the Atlantic allowing a barrage of churning low-pressure systems to hurtle towards the UK.
Temperatures will plummet through the coming days sparking predictions another Beast from the East winter blast could pounce before the end of the year.
As the nation reels from Storm Atiyah’s assault earlier this week, forecasters warn another mega-storm is about to smash the country.
It joins a queue of frenzied low-pressure vortexes lined up in the Atlantic about to be steered this way by an unusually powerful jet stream.
Arctic air pulled in by the storms will send temperatures plunging with crippling snowfall forecast in parts of the country.
Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden said: “It is going to remain windy and unsettled in the approach to the festive period with almost persistent stormy conditions.
“Colder conditions encroaching from the north threaten some significant impact in terms of widespread snow, particularly, later this week and in the run up to Christmas Day.
“We can expect strong gales at times, particularly in coastal areas, with developing snowfall likely to turn heavier through the next fortnight.
“There is a risk of some hazardous blizzard conditions as rainfall turns to snow.
“The next wintry blast is likely to strike around the festive period, and indications suggest that this will contain an easterly component with the right ingredients for a troublesome cold spell and widespread heavy snowfall.”
Deeply unsettled conditions will persist through the rest of this week and possibly into the festive period, according to government forecasters.
Frequent bouts of strong wind and heavy rain will be driven by a ‘zonal’ jet stream charging directly over the UK.
When in this ‘zonal’ phase, the jet travels in a relatively unwavering west-to-east direction differing from it’s meandering ‘meridional’ flow.
This straight pattern allows it to channel an almost uninterrupted stream of low-pressure systems in from the Atlantic.