UK weather forecast: Brits to be lashed with heavy rain and severe gales today – but it’ll be a sunny start to the week

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2018/12/15: Women are seen at Trafalgar Square wearing a winter coat with hood and one holding an umbrella during a wet, cold and blustery day in London. (Photo by Dinendra Haria/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

BRITS are set to be lashed with heavy rain and severe gales today – but forecasters promise that sun is on the way.

There will be a cloudy and misty start to the day, however this will lift and clear to reveal sunny spells.

Brits should brace for heavy rain today

Flood warnings are in place

But throughout the day a threat of gales and a band of cloud and rain will track south-eastwards before clearing to reveal blustery showers.

Meanwhile, flood alerts are in place after heavy rain earlier in the week.

The Environment Agency has a total of 34 flood alerts or warnings in place.

Of these, nine are flood warnings, meaning that flooding is expected, and 25 are flood alerts, meaning it is possible.

Met meteorologist Alex Burkhill added: “The daytime could see some high temperatures, with 12c or 13C in parts of Scotland, which is unusual for January.

“High winds and severe gales are expected going into Monday, while Tuesday and Wednesday could be very windy in Scotland and the North.

“The winds aren’t unusual for this time of year but could be potentially disruptive.”