UK weather: Gales, sub-zero temperatures, ice and fog to strike this week

Watch: Gales, sub-zero temperatures, ice and fog to strike this week

Gales, freezing temperatures, ice and fog are set to hit swathes of the UK this week, according to forecasters.

A yellow wind warning came into force for southwest England and south Wales from 6am and 6pm today, with expected gusts of up to 65mph on land and up to 80mph in coastal areas.

While a yellow rain warning covers much of Northern Ireland between 6am and midnight.

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A third weather warning is in place in Scotland, with a yellow ice warning covering the northeast of the country until 9.30am this morning.

Two areas of low pressure were set to bring "very wet and windy weather", Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said.

"The first one is towards the northwest of Northern Ireland and the second one's coming up in Ireland and southwest England," he said.

"They're going to bring some very wet and windy weather."

This includes the risk of very high winds in coastal parts of Cornwall, Devon and South Wales.

Mr Burkill said: "Tomorrow [Monday], it's worth bearing in mind there's a bit of uncertainty around this, so different models are doing slightly different things with the track of that low pressure.

"Particularly on your coastal parts of Cornwall, Devon and south Wales, there is the risk of some significantly strong winds."

This could affect travel from airports in the region, such as Cardiff and Exeter.

He added that although no warning was in place yet, there could also be "significant" rain in western areas of Wales and Northern Ireland on Monday.

Temperatures are also expected to drop to as low as -4C (24.8F) in parts of the country on Monday morning.

"It's going to be quite cold towards particularly northeastern UK," he said.

"So, temperatures around -4C perhaps. And so that brings the risk of ice and fog, so it's difficult driving conditions there."