Britain could be hit by winds of up to 80mph as Storm Eleanor moves in from the Atlantic, the Met Office has said.
The fifth named storm of the season will bring a "very windy" spell to the UK on Tuesday night and Wednesday, according to forecasters.
The Met Office has issued several national severe weather warnings due to the potential for travel disruption as people return to work following Christmas and New Year.
Coastal roads and properties along Britain's west and south coasts are vulnerable to high waves, with beach material likely to be thrown on to sea fronts.
Paul Gundersen, Met Office chief forecaster, said: "The unsettle theme continues throughout this week, with further spells of rain moving across the UK from the west as many return to work on Tuesday and there will again be some snow over the high ground in Scotland.
"The wind will pick up again later on Tuesday and Wednesday as developing Storm Eleanor heads towards the UK and Ireland."
The Environment Agency has warned that strong winds and high tides could bring coastal flooding from Tuesday until Thursday.
Carol Halt, the agency's flood duty manager, said: "We urge people to stay safe on the coast – take extreme care on coastal paths and promenades, and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger trying to take 'storm selfies'."
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A yellow weather warning has been issued between 6pm on Tuesday and 8am on Wednesday for north east and west England, Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland.
Gales are predicted, with gusts of 60mph to 70mph likely. Western coastal areas could see gusts of up to 80mph.