Brutal weather maps show Britain to be hit by brutal 750-mile wall of rain

Brutal weather maps have revealed a deluge of rain is on its way with the potential to wreak havoc with deliveries, according to new weather radar images. As the country races to finish its Christmas shopping, Brits should keep an eye on the weather forecast to find out the best day to stay dry while snagging some last minute gifts for friends and family.

Weather maps from the experts at WX Charts reveal a massive band of rain that looks set to move over Britain, covering the northern tip of Scotland all the way down to London – just hours before Christmas Day. Festive shoppers out and about on December 23 should brace for the worst of the weather. By 9am, according to the latest charts, Inverness and other northern Scottish areas will be facing the brunt of the conditions.

However by 12 noon, the conditions will have dramatically worsened and the band of rain will stretch towards Manchester and cover much of Northern Ireland, too. As afternoon turns to evening, the rain will have moved all the way down into the Midlands and north Wales.

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Meanwhile the Met Office has put a yellow weather warning for wind in place for a vast swathes of the country on December 21. The warning is in place for the whole of Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern Wales, northern England and East Anglia.

The warning is in place for the entirety of Thursday and the meteorologists have warned that there is a “slight chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage” and that there is a “small chance of longer journey times or cancellations as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected”.

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Helen Caughey said: “Wind speeds will increase from the northwest through Wednesday evening and overnight, so that by Thursday there is a risk of gusts of 50-60mph for a large swathe of central and northern parts of the UK.

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“Coastal locations, higher ground, and areas to the east of high ground could see gusts of 70-80mph. Due to the scale of the low pressure to the north of the UK, it is possible this event could persist across some areas into Friday, so we recommend keeping up to date with the Met Office forecast.”

Throwing forward to Christmas Day, the weather expert there is a chance of a white Christmas, but only on a technicality.

Ms Caughey said: “As we begin Christmas Day wintry showers initially feeding in across the north in the colder air mass would technically make it a white Christmas, as we only need to see a single flake falling. Elsewhere, while it is likely at first to be mostly dry there is the potential for rain approaching from the west later on.

“As this moves east, we may see rain turning to snow, at least over high ground. It’s unlikely that we will see widespread or settling snow giving any proper accumulations. Although technically it might be a white Christmas, don’t get your hopes up for a picture-perfect white landscape.”

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