HEAVY rain and winds are expected to follow in the wake of Storm Freya, forecasters have warned.

Britain was battered by gales, rain and snow as the sixth named storm of the season struck on Sunday.

Wind speeds reached nearly 80mph, trees were felled and roads closed as the weather caused disruption.

The Met Office said on Monday morning that the storm had passed into the North Sea overnight, lessening the impact but warned of continuing unsettled conditions throughout the week.

The Met Office warned the Atlantic jet stream would be bringing a succession of low pressure systems in the coming days.

The spokesman said: "The jet stream is bringing us a more unsettled pattern. The pattern is on repeat for the rest of the next few days and indeed into the weekend."

While conditions are not expected to surpass those of Storm Freya, there will be a risk of rain, wind and even sleet and snow in areas of high ground.

There is expected to be rain across Greater Manchester on Tuesday and the outlook for Wednesday and Thursday includes occasional heavy rain and strong winds at times.

Friday is expected to be drier and brighter, with sunny spells.

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