Britain is braced for a wet and windy start to 2018, with two weather warnings issued for this week.
Forecasters said while many parts of the country would be bright but cold on Monday, low pressure systems could cause travel disruption.
The Met Office said cloud and rain in the south would slowly move east on Sunday, and showers, persistent rain and hill snow were likely in Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and northern England.
An amber warning for wind has been issued from 6pm on Tuesday until 8am on Wednesday for north-eastern and western England, northern Ireland and parts of Scotland.
The Met Office predicted gusts of 60-70mph and said western coastal areas could be hit by 80mph winds.
Andy Page, the agency’s chief forecaster, said: “The unsettled theme continues throughout this week, with further spells of rain moving across the UK from the west as many return to work on Tuesday. There will again be some snow over the high ground in Scotland.
“The wind will pick up again later on Tuesday, and Wednesday is expected to be very windy across England and Wales, with gales or severe gales in places. National severe weather warnings have been issued for these strong winds.
“The gales, combined with locally thundery downpours, may make driving difficult and cause some disruption.”
A second amber warning for high winds was in place from midnight to 10pm on Wednesday, covering the same areas as the previous day, plus the Midlands, the east of England, London, the south-east, the south-west and Wales.
The forecasts came after Storm Dylan lashed parts of Ireland and Wales, with gales in excess of 70mph and squally rain affecting New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Carol Holt, the Environment’s Agency’s flood duty manager, said strong winds and potential large waves, combined with high tides, could trigger coastal flooding from Tuesday to Thursday. She said the agency’s frontline teams were checking defences and could close coastal floodgates.
“We urge people to stay safe on the coast. Take extreme care on coastal paths and promenades and don’t put yourself in unnecessary danger trying to take storm selfies,” Holt said. “If you’re travelling, please check your route before setting off and don’t drive through flood water.”
The Met Office said the unsettled weather was likely to continue throughout the week, with bouts of wet and windy weather interspersed with brighter, showery periods.
There could be a return to colder conditions next weekend, according to the agency’s chief forecaster Dan Harris, with a risk of frost, ice and wintry conditions, particularly in the north.