The first half of the week will be bright, breezy, and dry for many, although some will see rain or showers at various points. Heavy rain is the main hazard for the next day or so with a yellow National Severe Weather Warning in place for the far south until Tuesday morning.

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Dan Harris, said:

“From mid-week, we expect to see a north/south split develop with colder weather arriving in the north, while the south hangs onto the mild conditions. There are, however, large uncertainties concerning where the boundary between these two air masses will eventually end up, especially as we head into the Christmas weekend.

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“Uncertainty in the weather forecast details is not unusual at 6-7 days out, and the current weather patterns are heightening those uncertainties. Confidence in the forecast is unlikely to increase until mid-week at the earliest and a range of outcomes is still possible.

“However, what we can say is that Christmas Day will most likely be mild with a risk of rain or showers in places for the south, especially the far south, while any cold air and wintry conditions will most likely be confined to the north of the UK.”

Towards New Year, there is potential for a more settled spell to bring overnight frosts and morning fog, before a probable trend towards more changeable and milder conditions.

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