Downpours to batter Britain with six flood warnings already put in place

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Britain will be battered by rain today and despite temperatures being forecast to plummet in the days ahead, any chance of a white Christmas seems to have disappeared.

London and the south east will be battered for most of the day and six flood warnings are already in place across the UK.

It will be drier but colder in the north and in Scotland it could get down to -4 in some areas.

A wet and windy day is ahead for most of us with downpours and strong winds across England and Wales a feature in the build up to Christmas Day.

Temperatures will still struggle to get into double figures, however it is not low enough to give us a White Christmas which has all-but effectively ruled-out.

Most of the country is preparing to be hit by the tail end of a US storm over the next few days.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “Remnants of the USA’s nor’easter storm is heading our way.

“Then it trends colder in the run-up to the big day – and the chill may linger over the festive period.”

While there probably won’t be snow at Christmas, we may actually see some of the white stuff a few days later.

December 27 is set for rain, sleet and snow rotating around the UK and the Met Office killed off hope that Christmas Day could produce something memorable.

They said: “A ridge of high pressure extending across the country on Christmas Day bringing mainly dry conditions with southern areas seeing the most prolonged sunshine.

“Rather cold with a widespread frost to start the day. Cloud amounts increasing from northwest with more unsettled conditions spreading southeast across the country into Boxing Day.

“Very unsettled conditions continuing to dominate through to the end of the year with spells of heavy rain and strong winds.

“After a milder interlude on Boxing Day, turning colder again with hill snow expected, also a chance of snow down to lower levels in places.”

Meteorologist Tom Morgan said temperatures could drop to -3C in parts of England and Wales on Christmas Eve morning.

He said: “So there will be a seasonal feel in terms of white frost on the ground, but in terms of snow, we’re not anticipating any on the ground for the vast majority of the country, unfortunately.

“Even though it’s not going to be a white Christmas, people will still need their big coats and scarves and hats etc for any walks they may be going on over the Christmas period.”