The UK is set to be battered with strong gusts and heavy downpours as the Met Office issue rain warnings.

The washout will affect north east Scotland the most, with a yellow weather warning in place from 3am Friday until noon Saturday.

The rain may lead to flooding and major disruption to transport, with bus and train services probably affected.

The Met Office has advised that flooding of homes and businesses within the warning area may be possible.

Up to 100mm of rain could fall across higher ground.

For the rest of the UK, cloud and rain is expected on Saturday before downpours and stronger winds batter the rest of Britain on Sunday.

The rain follows a period of 'severe cold weather' which saw temperatures plummet to sub-zero in some places of the UK.

Friday will also see cloudy skies with moderate rain in the early morning, before clearing up slightly until lunchtime. The eastern parts of the UK are particularly affected.

Forecaster Aiden McGivern told the Metro: "If the recent snow, ice and fog has left you hankering after something a bit more festive in the run-up to Christmas, well, the next 10 days weather forecast is going to throughly disappoint you – and me."

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He added: "The next ten days involves a lot of low pressure, it involves a lot of rain and eventually it is going to turn much milder."

The Met Office's regional forecast predicts patchy frost and a chilly start on Sunday with fog.

The heaviest of rainfall will be in the evening of Sunday.

The rest of the day will be overcast with almost 100% cloud cover, according to Netweather.

Next week, Monday and Tuesday may bring more scattered light showers as well across the country.

There are five flood alerts in place, for Herefordshire, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Bridlington, and Tamar. Flooding near rivers and low lying land may be affected and river levels in these areas remain high, the Environmental Agency has warned.

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