Families hoping for snow on Christmas Day will be disappointed to learn the UK is set for a washout in the run-up to the big day.

The Met Office has forecasted a grisly week-long spell of rain as Brits around the country prepare to finish up their festive shopping.

Rain is forecasted for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday this week – with the Christmas week looking just as grey.

Coastal areas will feel the brunt of the blast with gusts of up to 70mph storming in over the next 24 hours.

Coastal areas will feel the brunt of the blast with gusts of up to 60-70mph storming in

As a result of the dismal weather , the Met Office has issued yellow alerts across the UK with 10 flood warnings in place.

Met Office Meteorologist Bonnie Diamond said: “There’s an area of low pressure in the Atlantic that’s pushing in from Ireland and eastwards later today and that’s going to bring strong winds and coastal gales to south-west England and Wales – the winds turning increasingly strong through later today and also heavy rain.

“So there’s quite a few warnings in place at the moment.”

Ms Diamond said the winds will continue to strengthen tomorrow and will be strongest across Northern Ireland, Wales, South West England.

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The rest of the UK will experience some seriously heavy rain with the main impact being felt over the next 24 hours.

Ms Diamond said: “So really quite an unsettled 24 hours ahead with the main impact being felt across western parts of the country in terms of rain and strong winds.

“It looks quite a brand are of southern England is likely to get quite a lot wetter over the next couple of days and there could be a local impact in terms of flooding with that amount of rain over consecutive days.”

Rain warnings are currently in place for much of the UK and the Met Office has said these are likely to increase.

The Met Office has issued yellow alerts across the UK with 10 flood warnings in place

The Environment Agency has also issued 10 flood warning in areas of Lincolnshire and West and South-West England.

She said: “Into the weekend, things are going to settle down a little bit, compared to the heavy rain and strong winds, with some sings that drier, quieter weather might become established around Christmas Day.”

But snow may make an appearance in several parts of the UK over New Year's Eve – putting a stopper to party plans.

Odds on for the UK's coldest December on record have also been slashed from 3-1 to 6-4 by bookmakers.