Heavy rain is set to sweep across the country today as Brits face a washout Christmas.
The Met Office has warned of hail and thunder later in the day.
Downpours and strong winds are expected for most of the UK for next week.
Hopes of a White Christmas have been dashed as temperatures are predicted to hover below double figures.
Bookmakers Ladbrokes has still slashed its odds to 1/2 for snow anywhere in the UK on December 25.
This morning's wet weather has been brought on by the the tail end of the US's nor'easter storm.
Scotland is set for a big chill as it faces the brunt of the weather front.
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.”
The forecaster added : “Cold conditions will arrive and be the dominant pattern for the rest of the year.
“The North and East of the UK have the greatest chance of showers, falling as snow in places and especially on higher ground. Frost will increase.”
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The rain comes following a major rescue operation yesterday to help people living in dozens of caravans at a residential campsite which was swamped by freezing, swirling flood water during the night, the Mirror reports.
While 18 people were helped by fire crews from their caravans at Notter Bridge, near Saltash, several people in Lostwithiel, Cornwall, where the River Fowey burst its banks, had to spend the night in a community centre.
Cornwall fire service called in "water rescue units" from Devon after 35mm of rain fell in just 24 hours.
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