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High speed winds set to batter Britain as cold weather snap sweeps across nation

A cold snap and ferocious 75mph winds will send temperatures plummeting across the UK today.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for much of Scotland ahead of the strong gusts which are expected to cause some damage.

Multiple weather warnings were put in place earlier this week with some areas in the UK cooling to 1C on Thursday but more is to come according to Met Office forecaster Steven Keates.

Mr Keates said: "On Saturday we start off with very windy weather across northern Scotland, with potential gusts of 65mph to 75mph."

He added that parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland will more than likely be first in line for showers as they move southwards.

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Many south-eastern areas will escape downpour and hold onto some brighter skies at times as the band of rain reaches Wales and southwest England by evening.

The forecaster added: "The far South East will stay mostly dry.

"In the South it will be a relatively mild day on Saturday afternoon, with temperatures of 12C or 13C.

"Towards the North of the UK, however, temperatures will be colder."

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According to the latest information published by Met Office, temperatures will stay at around 8C in the North of the country but harsh winds will make it feel even colder.

In the evening, showers will continue to hit parts of western and northern Scotland, where it will continue to be windy and feel chilly as the mercury will reach minimum temperatures of 5C.

Clear and dry periods will develop in central areas, as the rain pushes onto the south coast by dawn.

On Sunday, further blustery showers still hit the in north of the UK but many central parts will be dry and soaked in some sunshine.

It will be cloudier in the south with light rain and drizzle at times.

Next week will get off to a wet start with rain – occasionally heavy – and strong winds in the northwest.

Elsewhere it will be mostly dry, mild and bright but for a time on Wednesday, with most places having some rain, the Met Office reports.

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