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Series of Storms to Batter the United Kingdom Into Christmas

A series of storms will accompany the mild weather across the United Kingdom into Christmas, threatening to cause disruptions to travel for millions before and after the holiday.

The warmest weather will be felt across Wales and England where temperatures will be 3-6 C (5-10 F) above normal.

As the mild weather continues, a series of potent storm systems will pass through the U.K. each with rain, localized downpours and strong winds.

The first storm will approach from the Atlantic Ocean on Monday with rain increasing in coverage and intensity throughout the day.

The center of the storm will pass just north of Scotland on Monday night and Tuesday and will bring continued rain and wind gusts over 40 mph (64 km/h).

Coastal and exposed locations in Northern Ireland, northern England and Scotland can record winds over 50 mph (80 km/h).

Behind this storm, it will remain windy with showers across the entire U.K. on Wednesday.

The next storm will quickly approach by Christmas Eve, with another round of downpours and the potential for locally damaging winds.

Flash flooding will be a concern in parts of Wales and northwestern England following the rainfall from earlier in the week.

Those traveling on Thursday in advance of the holiday should be on alert for slippery roads and hydroplaning.

Widespread winds over 40 mph (64 km/h) are expected with localized winds over 50 mph (80 km/h).

A third storm will arrive on Christmas Day bringing yet another round of downpours.

The heaviest rain is expected in Scotland and and northern England into midday before shifting into the South of England during the afternoon. Along with these downpours, locally damaging winds are again possible.

Showers and gusty winds are likely to continue into the weekend following Christmas with no end in sight to the stormy weather pattern.