Brutal winter weather to unleash hailstorm on UK as country to be battered

The UK is set to be hit with a brutal hailstorm this weekend, new weather maps show.

Forecasts from WXCharts show heavy rain across the UK and hail in some areas tomorrow, Saturday, December 9.

The wintery weather is set to last throughout the morning with up to 7mm of rain an hour falling across the midlands.

There are a number of weather warnings in place for tomorrow with wind warnings across the midlands and Wales as well as rain warnings for southwest Scotland and Northern Ireland.

And over 130 flood warnings have also been issued for the UK in the wake of the wet weather.

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WXcharts maps also show the nation facing gale-force winds of up to 60kmph along the north of England with 50kmph gusts further south.

The winds are due to intensify around 3pm before beginning to fade at midnight. Met Office maps show the north is at greatest risk of hail during the peak of the storm around mid-morning.

Midlands, the south of England and the north-west is set to see the most rain through the morning.

Met Office five-day forecast

Tomorrow there will be locally heavy rain working northeast across England and Wales during the day, becoming slow-moving across northern areas. It will also be windy, with gales or severe gales in central and western areas.

The weather will be unsettled on Sunday with bands of rain sweeping north and east across much of the country, often windy with gales in places. It will be slightly drier on Monday and Tuesday with showers.

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Met Office long-range forecast

From December 13, it will be briefly unsettled with showers and potential for a band of rain before becoming more settled later in the week as high pressure affects southern areas, though remaining in a more wet and windy regime in the north.

As such, the wettest weather is likely across western high ground, mainly in Scotland and occasionally parts of Northern Ireland and northwest England. There will be settled conditions in the south with average temperatures and cloudy at times with patchy light rain near coasts and over hills.

Clearer spells favouring the southeast follow but these also have the potential for fog or frost overnight. The following week sees potential for high pressure to shift allowing a return to unsettled conditions but average to mild temperatures, favouring the northwest for wettest and windiest conditions.

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