Britain faces a storm-force February – starting with two 80mph wide-ranging tempests amid -5C chills and snow in the north.
Storm Ciara could be officially named by the Met Office this week, while another storm is also on the cards from the weekend.
Weather maps show rampaging 80mph winds in northern Scotland and 60mph gusts in the central belt.
The Met Office is warning of a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris on Monday and Tuesday.
Snow is due today and tomorrow in the north and Scotland on higher ground, with -5C lows in England and widespread frost on Tuesday night, and more gales are due next week and through February.
Two yellow weather warnings are in place for wind for Monday and Tuesday, both from 9pm to 7am in western parts of Scotland – potentially causing travel disruption.
Later in the week, Saturday could bring similar wind speeds, causing 38ft waves on the south coast and 16ft waves on Scotland’s west coast.
This storm will be named by the Met Office if it has potential for amber weather warnings.
The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “February is more famous for snow than storms – but computer models show an Atlantic barrage is on the way this month.
“Stormy conditions are possible at the start and end of the week, and again in the following week.”
However, he said there is “no sign of widespread snow” to come in the near future.
The harsher weather comes after last month was one of the warmest Januarys for 361 years with temperatures in central England at 6.5C – which are 2.7C above normal.
Such readings put the month on the verge of the top 10 warmest since records began in 1659.
Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: “Gusts of 80mph in Scotland and 45mph in southern England around coasts are possible on Monday night.
“Wintry showers will definitely definitely be seen on Monday and Tuesday on the Pennines and Scotland’s hills, and can’t be ruled out in the Peak District and Snowdonia.
“Widespread frost and -3C to -5C widely will be seen on Tuesday night, in a cloudier and quieter midweek.
“But much of the UK will have another wet and windy spell by the weekend, with a storm coming from the coast of North America.”
He continued: “Whether we name the storm depends on how the system develops. But warnings could be issued for any part of the UK.
“There’s certainly more windy weather on the cards as it looks rather unsettled through February, with the wettest and windiest weather in the North and West, and a short-lived few colder interludes.”
Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond, of weathertrending, said: “Atlantic winds will drive our weather machine, so severe cold remains unlikely. Most of us haven’t seen a single snowflake all winter.”
In its long range weather forecast, the Met Office is predicting unsettled weather is “expected to dominate” from the end of the week.
UK 5 day weather forecast
Cloudier across the far south with some rain for a time. Else sunny spells and showers, these heavy and frequent across northwestern areas and turning wintry over hills. Windy, with gales in the north, possibly severe in the far northwest.
Gales and locally severe gales across northwestern areas. Clear spells and showers for most areas, some wintry over high ground Wales northwards. Ice risk in the north.
Windy with showers in the morning, but becoming mostly dry with sunny spells through the afternoon in the north and west.
Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:
Mostly dry with sunny spells and overnight frost and fog. Cloudier in the northwest with perhaps some light rain and drizzle at times.