Wind and rain will sweep across the UK (Image: PA)

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An Arctic blast is set to hit the UK bringing with it icy rain and strong winds.

The weather front is expected to be the first wave of what will be a colder-than average December.

Temperatures will drop to 3C in parts of Scotland and northern England – in comparison to 11C at the same time on Monday night.

After recent mild winters, this year is expected to be colder than average according to forecasters at The Weather Company, with the Met Office warning of below-average temperatures in December.

From tonight, there will be blustery showers in the north, with the heaviest and most frequent across northern Scotland.

Western Scotland will see the worst of the weather tomorrow
(Image: Met Office/twitter)

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Tomorrow will start on a chilly note, with temperatures in single figures and it will not get much warmer during the day.

Similarly to yesterday, Scotland remains the most unsettled region with windy and blustery weather conditions.

Parts of western Scotland will also see torrential rain tomorrow lunchtime, while the rest of the UK will stay relatively dry.

Some forecasters believe we'll be in for a colder Christmas than previous years
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The region could experience gales of up to 75mph, the Met Office said.

The Met Office forecast for tonight states: "It will be chilly tonight.

"Windy in the north, showers becoming less frequent.

"Cloudy in the far south and southwest, perhaps a little rain or drizzle; also some fog patches. Clear spells elsewhere, turning frosty."

There have been milder winters in recent years
(Image: PA)

Tomorrow will see more showers, with cloudy skies in the southwest and heavy rain expected across the country for the rest of the week.

The Met Office is expecting frost and fog to hit on Thursday.

The Weather Company has said that our winters have been milder in recent years – meaning this season could come as a "shock" as it is set to be the coldest winter since 2012.

Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations, said: “People will get a shock after recent mild winters.

"It looks like a close call for this winter to be 0.3C below average, which would make it the coldest winter since the early 2010s.

“A colder-than-average December is favoured, with Arctic influxes from the north-west due to the jet stream's position.

A road covered in snow in the Scottish Borders in 2013
(Image: PA)

“-10C in Scotland and -5C in England is expected, with snow in the north including to lower levels at times, and a risk in the south, with some travel disruption.

"January and February temperatures look more average, with an Atlantic influence – but also cold spells and not the extreme mild temperatures of last winter."

The Met Office November-January forecast said: “The chances of cold spells are higher than has been the case in recent years.

"Long-range computer models show increased chances of northwesterly winds.”