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    The UK is about to be battered by a brutal storm – just days after recovering from a chilling Arctic blast.

    Last week, we reported how the UK would be plunged into an icy blast as low as -12C in some areas, with the snowfall possibly rivalling the deluges of 2009 and 2010.

    And while much of the population is currently thinking about a life without the snowfall, new satellite imagery shows that we're about to go from one horrendous weather system straight into another.

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    According to Met Desk's WX Charts the newest flood-inducing weather system is set to batter the vast majority of the UK around midnight tonight (Wednesday, January 18).

    The maps show that the north west will be getting the brunt of it, with Manchester becoming the epicentre of the weather system, facing around three millimetres of heavy rain per hour for most of the morning.

    Newcastle, Birmingham, the Scottish capital of Edinburgh and parts of Wales will also be hit by the weather system, which comes with extremely high pressure and winds.

    By mid-morning and early afternoon, the southern part of the UK will be facing the torrential downpours, with London, Southampton and Cardiff in Wales taking the brunt of it.

    However, it should all have cleared up by the evening – although it could be set to leave behind a devastating amount of flooding in its wake.

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    Thankfully, the UK appears to escape any further ridiculous weather systems for most of the next 10 days, with long term imaging showing a calm, but cool, UK weather forecast for most of the rest of January – although that could change at a moment's notice.

    And February looks set to be pretty decent, too – but not for long.

    A Met Office spokesman said: “The start of February is likely to see a continuation of more settled conditions, with unsettled weather largely confined to the north-west while the south-east could see some drier and brighter spells.

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    “This could result in some fog or freezing fog, particularly for the south and east under clear skies.

    “Into the middle of February, unsettled conditions could become more widespread, bringing the possibility of heavy rain and strong winds across the country.

    “Temperatures likely to be around or slightly above average, with any colder spells being short-lived.”

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