Storm warnings issued today as wild weather to continue throughout week
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A period of stormy and 'unsettled' weather is set to continue today as an intense stormy pattern moves its way across the UK.
It comes as a warm front originating from the Caribbean is replaced by colder, harsher conditions approaching from the north.
National forecaster the Met Office have issued a thunderstorm warning covering much of the country for Wednesday.
The area affected includes all of Wales, and the cities of Birmingham, Nottingham, and Oxford in England.
Wet conditions with some hail are forecast for the rest of the country. The Met Office outlook reads:
"An area of heavy rain and thunderstorms will move quickly eastwards across Wales and southwestern England into parts of central, southern and eastern England during Wednesday morning."
"Many areas will see a spell of rain whilst some places will be affected by thunderstorms bringing a brief period of heavy rain, lightning, and strong, gusty winds with hail also affecting some spots."
The storms are expected to last well into the evening, with temperatures getting down to 4C in the night in Scotland.
Flooding is also predicted to hit parts of south-west Britain.
Four locations have been given a red flood warning, meaning flooding is expected to happen imminently.
These areas are Maiden Newton in Dorset, the stretch of the River Avon from Didworthy to Aveton Gifford, and Forest Row in Sussex.
Government advice to residents in the warning zone is to 'take action now', such as moving family and pets to a safe location in the household, and vehicles to higher ground if possible.
Yellow warnings are also in place for another eight areas in Devon and Cornwall, meaning flooding is likely.
Having been a 5/1 shot yesterday, bookies now make it just 3/1 for a recorded-breaking day of rain to fall by the end of this week, with flood warnings being issued across the UK.
Alex Apati from Ladbrokes said: "There's every chance this week plays host to a record-breaking day of rain with things set to get a whole lot wetter across all four corners of the UK."
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