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The Met Office is warning heavy downpours could lead to flooding in some areas as five named storms are set to batter the UK.
A yellow weather warning for rain is in place for south west Scotland until midday today, while the Scottish Environment Protection Agency issued two flood alerts.
Torrential rain is expected to drench most of the UK and the Environmental Agency predicts flooding around Wayford Bridge and Barton Broad in East Anglia.
Britain's weather will take a swift U-turn following milder temperatures on Tuesday, BBC forecaster Darren Bett has said.
"All this cloud is streaming in from the Atlantic to bring some rain," he added.
The western side of the UK will be hit with wet conditions first as a band of rain moves through the Irish Sea and heavy winds pick up quickly as the front moves eastwards.
Temperatures in Northern Ireland and Scotland will average 14C, with the southeast seeing 17C "before that rain sets in in the afternoon".
If the Atlantic jet stream continues to warrant an amber weather warning, the storm will become the first to be named of the 2020/21 season.
The list, which started on September 1, begins with Storm Aiden, followed by Bella, Christoph, Darcy and Evert, which are all possibilities according to meteorologists, writes The Sun.
Britain to suffer washout ahead of weekend battering from Storm Aiden
The Weather Company, the world's biggest commercial forecaster, is predicting gusts of 60mph from midweek and 70mph into the weekend.
Temperatures will continue to drop on Thursday as rain moves into the North Sea and "the air coming in behind is a bit chillier", continued Mr Bett.
Weather charts for Thursday show temperatures within the 12-15C range.
Wet and windy "disruption" is forecast for Friday in southern parts of the country, but the north may be calmer with more sun, though still chilly.
"Some uncertainty about the detail on Friday and as we head into the weekend, but essentially low pressure is going to be in charge," said Mr Bett.
"So it will be cool, it'll be wet and it'll be windy."
UK weather: Storm Aiden to hit Britain with 70mph gales and torrential rain tomorrow
UK five-day weather forecast
Rain in the west, heavy downpours at times, moving slowly eastwards. Windy, with coastal gales in the west. Brighter skies following across western parts this afternoon but also some showers may be present.
Rain slowly clearing eastwards but persisting across parts of Scotland. Clear spells following but rain affecting the southwest. Turning chilly across Northern Ireland with frost and few fog patches.
More rain across northeast Scotland. A mixture of sunny spells and showers elsewhere. Showers heaviest and most frequent in the southwest with risk of thunder and hail. Feels chilly.
Friday to Sunday:
Unsettled weather, with rain and strong winds over southern England on Friday, spreading to the rest of the UK over the weekend. Feels cold and cold locally in more persistent wind and rain.
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