With a week to go until the big day, the Met Office has published its latest Christmas forecast. BBC Weather has also released an update saying it will be much colder later in the week.

The weather will be mixed until December 25th, with strong winds later this week followed by a cooling trend at least in the northern parts. A yellow warning for strong winds has been issued for parts of Wales and the UK on Thursday. Some gusts could reach 80 miles per hour and there are warnings that the winds could be damaging. More about that here.

Low pressure will dominate the weather in the UK this week. Much of the south will see showers until Tuesday, with frequent showers combined with sunny spells in the north of the UK. These rains can fall as snow on the Scottish hills.

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Strong westerly winds will bring rain to most areas on Wednesday, with some short-lived snow likely in Scotland’s highest hills before moderating in most.

A markedly deep area of ​​low pressure will continue across the north of the UK over the Norwegian Sea until Wednesday night and Thursday. It will bring very strong winds and heavy rain to much of the UK, with the warning covering Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England and north Wales.

Met Office deputy chief meteorologist Helen Caughey said: “Winds will strengthen from the northwest until Wednesday afternoon and overnight, so there is a risk of gusts of 50 to 60 mph across much of the center and northern Britain on Thursday. Gusts of 70 to 80 mph are possible in coastal areas, highlands and eastern highlands. Due to the magnitude of low pressure in the north of the UK, this event is likely to continue in some areas until Friday, so we recommend keeping an eye on the Met Office forecast.”

It will remain windy as an area of ​​low pressure moves east across Scandinavia, western areas will continue to experience frequent rainfall whilst the south east of the UK will remain largely dry.

A band of rain will move south over the weekend, initially with cooler rainy conditions in the north and milder, wetter conditions in the south. As it heads south, a ridge of high pressure is likely to form briefly from the southwest. Winter rains continue to intensify in the north and colder conditions here also mean Christmas morning is likely to be freezing in rural areas. The forecast service says this break in the cold is likely to be short-lived, as milder, unsettled Atlantic conditions return from the west late Christmas Day or early Boxing Day.

Helen continued: “As Christmas begins, the winter rain initially moving north with the colder air mass would technically make Christmas white as we only need to see one flake fall. Elsewhere, although it will probably be mostly dry at first, rain from the west is possible later. As it moves east, we may see the rain turn to snow, at least at higher elevations. It is unlikely that we will see widespread or settled snow to provide adequate accumulation. While it may technically be a white Christmas, don’t get your hopes up for a perfect white landscape.”

As the New Year approaches, it looks like the weather will remain unsettled, with low pressure bringing windy and rainy weather for many.

BBC meteorologist Stav Danaos also published an updated forecast for the festive period on Monday 18 December.

He said: “The weather looks very unsettled in the run up to Christmas. We start the week on a cloudy, humid and mild note, then it gets very windy and gets colder towards the end of the week. . Cold enough for a few snow showers in northern areas. How far south they will go depends on the details, as patterns are constantly changing. If you have travel plans for the weekend, keep an eye on the weather forecast.”