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Devon and Cornwall warned to prepare for 'large waves'

Parts of coastal Devon and Cornwall have been told to be prepared for "very large waves" and localised flooding with Storm Imogen set to arrive on Monday.

An amber warning has been issued for wind mainly focused on Devon and Cornwall but stretching into central England.

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Exposed areas on the south coast are on alert for gusts of 80mph, Met Office forecasters said.

Yellow warnings of wind have also been issued for Cardiff, Bristol and into the Thames Estuary as gusts could reach 60-70mph. They will be in place from 3am until 6pm on Monday.

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Weather: Rain becoming showery with winds easing

It will be wet and windy in the north as rain moves eastwards, with further hill snow for some, and gales in places.

Temperatures should be around average for the time of year. Credit: Met Office

The rain will become showery later with winds easing a little. Elsewhere there will be sunny spells and showers.

The showers will be heaviest and most persistent in the west where some more persistent rain is expected later with gales developing here as well.

Temperatures should be around average for the time of year, perhaps a little above, with highs of 10 Celsius (50F).

Warnings issued as Storm Imogen approaches UK

Some very large waves are likely to affect many coasts on Monday. Credit: Peter Byrne / PA Wire/PA Images

Several areas of Britain are set to be battered by 80mph winds and heavy rain on Monday as Storm Imogen sweeps in.

The Met Office has issued amber warnings of wind for much of the south west and a yellow warning stretching from southern Wales to the Thames Estuary as the storm arrives from the English Channel.

An area of very strong winds is likely to extend east across southwest England and parts of central southern England on Monday morning.

Gusts of 60-70 mph are likely widely, with 80 mph gusts in exposed coastal areas, particularly Cornwall and North Devon.

– Met Office

Imogen could bring down trees and power lines and cause havoc with the morning commute.

High winds and thundery downpours are expected throughout the day with the potential to cause problems into the evening rush hour.

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Outbreaks of rain will spread to most parts of the UK

Outbreaks of rain will spread from the southwest to most parts of the UK Credit: Met Office

Outbreaks of rain will spread from the southwest to most parts of the UK, giving heavy downpours in places, particularly across southwest England and south Wales where local flooding is possible.

The rain will be accompanied by strengthening winds which will reach gale force in places.

The northeast of Scotland should escape the worst of the rain, with a few bright spells developing here after an icy start in places.

Although parts of southeast England will also remain largely dry it will become very windy here later too.

Top temperature 13 Celsius (55F).

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