SNOW, heavy rain, and strong winds are set to lash the UK this weekend as temperatures plunge to 1C, weather forecasters have warned.

The Met Office has said high pressure combined with low clouds will also bring "grey and gloomy" conditions to much of the country.

Friday will see see cloud and patchy rain accompanied by fog, although the fog will lift slowly over the course of the day.

Some of the cloud will clear by Saturday, leaving conditions still partially cloudy but mainly dry with patches of sunshine.

Patches of drizzle will move in throughout the day, with the north and west set to see heavy rain arriving later.

Temperatures will be largely mild on Saturday afternoon, with highs of nine degrees and lows of six, but will fall later.

Another band of rain moving across the country on Saturday night will bring showers to Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and the west of England on Sunday morning.

Rain will also move eastward bringing heavy showers to the north and south west of England.

It will also hit cold air across Scotland, where temperatures are set to plunge as low as 1C, and is likely to fall as snow later on Sunday.

Snow is most likely to fall on the lower grounds of Scotland's northwest and the peaks of the north.

Conditions will also be made worse across the country by strong winds throughout the weekend.

Monday will also bring unsettled conditions, including strong winds and rain across the country.

Later in the week, the heaviest rain is likely to hit western areas, with more snow possible across hills in the north.

Temperatures are set to stay cold to mild, with continuing winds reducing the changes of overnight frosts and fog.

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