Heavy rain and high winds are headed for Britain later this week as an Arctic chill brings days of unseasonably cold weather.
Northerly winds have caused temperatures across the UK to plunge, with lows of 6C in many areas expected at night, several degrees below the early autumn average.
Come Friday, commuters face a testing journey as heavy rain and high winds are expected to hit at morning and evening rush hours.
“Everywhere will see a few hours of heavy rainfall,” Becky Mitchell from the Met Office told The Independent.
Flooding is not forecast but “there will be a lot of surface water on the road, so take care if you're heading out”, Ms Mitchell said.
The rain will sweep in from the northwest and will be accompanied by strong wind gusts that will reach up to 50mph in coastal parts.
“We’ll get a spell of heavy rain across the whole country and that’s going to bring some strong winds ... it will be the windiest spell we've had so far this month,” Ms Mitchell said.
Due to the path of the weather front, northern and western areas will be most affected around the morning rush hour, while commuters in the south and east will suffer on the way home.
Another spell of rain is forecast across the country for Saturday, though it is expected to be brief and without high winds.
Sunday should be dry all over with temperatures pushing back up towards the seasonal average.