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Weather warnings have been issued in the UK as severe rain and thick fog look set to bring chaos to the first few days of the week ahead.
The Met Office has placed yellow warnings for rain in large areas of Scotland while a warning has been blanketed across the south east of England over fog fears.
Monday will see a risk of flooding and travel chaos in the north of Scotland from the top of the Highlands across to Aberdeenshire and down towards Dundee.
Heavy rain is also forecast – with the risk of localised flooding – south east of Edinburgh.
Traffic disruption has been predicted for most of the south east of England – stretching out westwards towards Somerset.
The Met Office warns: “Fog is expected to persist and with increased traffic volumes on Monday morning some disruption to transport is possible.”
They also predict that some flights may be forced to cancel due to the thick fog cover that is expected to blanket Norfolk, Greater London, Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Sussex and more from 4am to 11am.
While the heavy rain warnings issued for Scotland on Monday are expected to remain in place until 9pm on Tuesday.
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The rest of the week looks set to be a mix of frost, more fog, and further rain.
Met Office forecasters have suggested the weather from Tuesday to the end of the week will be: “Rather cold and unsettled with wind and rain in the north at first, becoming a mix of variable cloud, sunny spells and coastal showers.”
They add: “Frost and fog in places overnight.”
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The weather is expected to be cold and wet in the run up to Christmas, with the Met Office predicting: “there will be a steadily increasing chance of more widespread unsettled weather, bringing cloud, rain, and possibly some hill snow at first, arriving from the Atlantic.
“The rain, accompanied by strong winds and coastal gales at times, will likely be heaviest in the west, whilst areas further east should remain drier longer. Towards the end of the period, it is likely that things will start becoming more settled again, though outbreaks of rain or showers are still expected at times. Showers could become wintry on high ground, and perhaps at lower levels.
“Temperatures are likely to begin below average, but quickly trending to around average. A chance of turning colder again later in the period.”
- UK Weather
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