UK weather warning for torrential rain as temperatures set to plunge

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Severe weather warnings have been issued with torrential rain set to hit as temperatures plunge across the UK in the days to come.

A cold snap is set to arrive in time for election week, covering the country in frost with the mercury dropping to below zero.

The forecast suggested snowfall in Scotland and the Pennines, with the rest of the UK to be hit by blustery winds and freezing fog.

Temperatures are predicted to drop throughout the week, dipping below normal as the nation goes to the polls next Thursday.

Before then, a yellow alert is in place for Friday as south-west Scotland prepares for potential floods due to persistent downpours.

Talk of possible snow combined and sub-zero temperatures and raised concerns that this year's General Election could see a lower turnout.

However, despite worries about a reduced turnout, experts say there is no correlating evidence to show that bad weather stops people from voting.

Talk of possible snow raised concerns that this year's General Election could see a lower turnout (PA Archive/PA Images)

Ben Page, CEO of Ipsos MORI, said: "In terms of winter elections, we only really have February 1974 to go on. Then the weather was bad but the turnout (79 per cent) was high, and up on 1970.

"By contrast, for the Blair 1997 landslide, temperatures rose to the mid-20s, but turnout (71 per cent) was down on 1992.

"Other factors - such as the perceived importance and closeness of the election - are likely to play at least as big a part as the weather, and of course far more people tend to vote by post, where the weather is irrelevant."

Looking ahead to mid-December, the Met Office predicted "rain and transient mountain snow" will cross the UK followed by "blustery showers" which will be heaviest in the west.

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