Brits are bracing for gale force winds and heavy rain as Storm Evert sweeps through huge swathes of the country today.

The Met Office is warning it 'will get worse before it gets better' ahead of winds expected to reach speeds of up to 75 mph in the south west.

Coastal gales and heavy rain is also predicted to lash the entire south coast of England as well as south Wales.

The storm will move across parts of the UK, giving a "wet and windy start" to Friday for the southern and central regions, the Met Office said.

Steven Keates, a meteorologist from the Met Office, said: "The wind will get worse before it gets better.

"The highest gust of wind is on the Isles of Scilly, which is 45 knots or 52mph.

Wind and rain is expected to lash the nation, particularly in coastal regions (

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Greg Martin / Cornwall Live)

"There is the potential for 60mph in coastal areas of west Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly."

An amber weather warning has been issued for south-west England, with the Met Office saying Storm Evert will bring strong winds to the region, potentially causing damage to infrastructure and leading to travel disruption.

This could include damage to buildings, fallen trees and a "good chance" that power cuts could occur, which could affect other services such as mobile phone coverage.

The warning, which is currently in place until Friday morning, also says large waves, flying debris and beach material being thrown on to roads and seafronts could lead to injuries or "danger to life".

Here is what the Met Office forecast looks like for your region.

The weather warning stretches all along the southern coast

England

North West

Today:

Heavy rain showers, some thundery, as Storm Evert moves eastward throughout the morning. A few sunny spells develop into the afternoon however some lingering showers will remain into the evening. Maximum temperature 18 °C.

Tonight:

Daytime showers ease into the evening leaving clear spells. Some further showers possible throughout the night. Feeling cooler and fresher than some recent nights. Minimum temperature 11 °C.

North East

Today:

Cloudy start, with outbreaks of rain, heavy and persistent across some southern parts. Morning rain then clearing with brief sunny spells possible, but also a chance of one or two heavy afternoon showers. Rather cool for late July. Maximum temperature 16 °C.

Tonight:

Staying rather cloudy with only limited clearer intervals. Most parts dry, but still a risk of occasional showers, heavy at times. Turning rather dull along some coasts. Minimum temperature 12 °C.

The south west will see the strongest winds this morning

East Midlands

Today:

Cloudy and breezy start, with outbreaks of rain, heavy and persistent for some through the morning. Brighter spells possible by the afternoon, but most places cloudy with showers, heavy at times and potentially thundery. Maximum temperature 20 °C.

Tonight:

Showers are likely to continue into the evening, only gradually easing later in the night. Some parts staying drier however, especially in the west, with clear spells developing. Breezy. Minimum temperature 13 °C.

West Midlands

Today:

Widespread heavy rain continuing into Friday morning. This will break up into showers by the afternoon, with some sunny spells to end the day. Blustery winds will make it feel rather cool. Maximum temperature 20 °C.

Tonight:

Clear spells for many across the region with the odd shower possible through the night. Winds falling much lighter overnight. Minimum temperature 10 °C.

South West

Today:

Heavy rain showers, some thundery, as Storm Evert moves eastward throughout the morning. A continued risk of coastal gales, but winds will gradually ease through the day. Sunny spells and showers later but remaining blustery. Maximum temperature 20 °C.

Tonight:

Daytime showers ease leading to a clearer evening for most. Winds continue to ease from the west into the evening. More showers returning to western areas overnight. Minimum temperature 12 °C.

Temperatures have also dropped compared to the heat of recent weeks (

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Greg Martin / Cornwall Live)

London and South East

Today:

Unseasonably windy, with coastal gales. Cloudy with outbreaks of rain, heavy and persistent for some through the morning. Brighter spells possible by the afternoon, but most places cloudy with showers, heavy at times and potentially thundery. Maximum temperature 20 °C.

Tonight:

Showers are likely to continue into the evening, only gradually easing later in the night. Some parts staying drier however, especially in the west, with clear spells developing. Winds easing. Minimum temperature 13 °C.

Wales

Today:

Widespread heavy rain continuing into Friday morning, along with coastal gales in the south. Becoming brighter but remaining showery and windy by afternoon, showers easing further into the evening. Maximum temperature 20 °C.

Tonight:

A dry night for many across the country with some clear spells expected, odd showers possible through the night. Brisk winds will gradually ease down. Feeling cooler. Minimum temperature 10 °C.

Scotland

Today:

A bright start but becoming cloudier through the morning with, especially across the south, outbreaks of rain spreading east. Any rain clears east for the afternoon with sunny spells and occasional showers developing. Maximum temperature 20 °C.

Tonight:

Any showers dying out then some late sunny spells. Becoming cloudier in the east towards midnight with outbreaks of rain developing while western parts look dry with clear spells. Minimum temperature 10 °C.

Northern Ireland

Today:

Rather cloudy through the morning with outbreaks of rain. Becoming brighter for the afternoon with sunny spells but also some heavy, and perhaps thundery, showers developing. Mainly light northwesterly breeze. Maximum temperature 19 °C.

Tonight:

Any showers dying out this evening with some late sunny spells. Cloud increases from the north overnight with outbreaks of mainly light rain spreading south. Minimum temperature 10 °C.