Temperatures in some areas are expected to drop as low as -4C, with fears the cold weather could lead to a “gloomy winter” for people struggling with fuel bills.
The North East will be the most affected by the cold, but elsewhere the rain and strong winds will not make for a pleasant day’s walk.
The Met office has issued a yellow wind warning for parts of south west England and south Wales, with gusts of up to 65mph expected over land and 80mph in coastal areas.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said two areas of low pressure were expected to bring “very wet and windy weather” between 6am and 6pm tomorrow.
He said: “We have two areas of low pressure moving towards the UK tonight and tomorrow.”
“The first is heading north west of Northern Ireland and the second is heading towards Ireland and the south west of England.
“They are going to bring very wet and windy weather.”
He said that although there is uncertainty around the weather on Monday, there is a risk of strong winds in coastal areas of Cornwall, Devon and South Wales.
Mr Burkill said: “Tomorrow it’s worth bearing in mind that there’s a bit of uncertainty about that, so different models are doing slightly different things with the trajectory of this low pressure.
“Particularly on your coastal parts of Cornwall, Devon and South Wales there is a risk of very strong winds.”
He said the winds could impact travel from airports in the region, such as Cardiff Airport and Exeter Airport.
Mr Burkill added that while no warnings were yet in place, there could also be “significant” rain in western parts of Wales and Northern Ireland on Monday.
“There could be significant rains,” he said.
“We don’t have a warning yet. But, you know, it’s not out of the question.
Temperatures are also expected to drop to -4C in parts of the country on Monday morning.
“It’s going to be quite cold, particularly towards the north east of the UK,” he said.
Burkill said sub-zero temperatures could bring an additional risk of ice and fog, and warned of harsh driving conditions coming in its wake.
The UK has had an unusually warm autumn this year, which has so far helped insulate people from rising energy costs, but the cold weather ahead could soon force many to face the magnitude of price increases for the first time.
Peter Smith, director of policy and advocacy at the energy poverty charity National Energy Action, said: “The average annual bill has nearly doubled since this time last year. So far, the warmer than usual weather has shielded many from spiraling bills as they haven’t needed to heat their homes as high or for as long as usual.
“But as temperatures drop, we know that many people will either start racking up unaffordable debt, ration their energy – or go completely offline.
This will have a huge impact on mental and physical health, especially for those with existing health conditions.
“With 6.7 million UK households in fuel poverty, it’s the start of a dark winter.”
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