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Britain is set for a spell of unseasonably mild weather this week – but we’re in for a wet and stormy Christmas.

Temperatures in southern and eastern England could reach 17C (63F) today and 18C (64F) tomorrow, well above the seasonal average of 13C (55F). 

Further north and west, highs of 15C (59F) are forecast.

Britain is set for a spell of unseasonably mild weather this week  but were in for a wet and stormy Christmas. File photo

Britain is set for a spell of unseasonably mild weather this week  but were in for a wet and stormy Christmas. File photo

Britain is set for a spell of unseasonably mild weather this week – but we’re in for a wet and stormy Christmas. File photo

Temperatures in southern and eastern England could reach 17C (63F) today and 18C (64F) tomorrow, well above the seasonal average of 13C (55F)

Temperatures in southern and eastern England could reach 17C (63F) today and 18C (64F) tomorrow, well above the seasonal average of 13C (55F)

Temperatures in southern and eastern England could reach 17C (63F) today and 18C (64F) tomorrow, well above the seasonal average of 13C (55F)

 Dry and mild conditions are expected for this evenings Bonfire Night celebrations, with temperatures due to fall no lower than 8C (46F). File photo

 Dry and mild conditions are expected for this evenings Bonfire Night celebrations, with temperatures due to fall no lower than 8C (46F). File photo

 Dry and mild conditions are expected for this evening’s Bonfire Night celebrations, with temperatures due to fall no lower than 8C (46F). File photo

Dry and mild conditions are expected for this evening’s Bonfire Night celebrations, with temperatures due to fall no lower than 8C (46F).

The tail end of Hurricane Oscar brought rain to the South West, Wales, the Midlands and parts of northern England yesterday, and another area of low pressure is due to move into the west of England and Wales tomorrow. 

It it is expected to bring rain and wind, with gusts of up to 50mph.

Met Office spokesman Marco Petagna said: ‘Following the warm spell at the start of the week, the first half of November is due to be mostly unsettled, with outbreaks of rain, especially in the West. 

Britain is set for a wet and stormy Christmas this year as December and January would be wetter than usual. File photo

Britain is set for a wet and stormy Christmas this year as December and January would be wetter than usual. File photo

Britain is set for a wet and stormy Christmas this year as December and January would be wetter than usual. File photo

The long-range forecast also suggests an increased likelihood of named storms. File photo

The long-range forecast also suggests an increased likelihood of named storms. File photo

The long-range forecast also suggests an increased likelihood of named storms. File photo

‘It is also likely to be breezy, with gales in some exposed areas.’ 

Cold but settled weather is expected later this month with sun, frost and showers. 

But Mr Petagna said there was a good chance December and January would be wetter than usual.

The long-range forecast also suggests an increased likelihood of named storms. 

The Met Office says it is not possible to predict the number of storms – but Leon Brown, of The Weather Channel, said the UK could be on course for five named storms by Christmas.