STORM Hannah is set to batter Britain with 75mph gales and torrential rain is set to hit the country TONIGHT.
Forecasters named the latest weather front this morning as warnings for severe winds were issued for the coming days.
Ventusky This map shows wind speed on the outer reaches of western Wales and the southwest of England reaching about 70mph on Saturday morning
A weather map for 4pm today shows heavy, thundery downpours sweeping up through the UK
The temperatures for the next few days
Ventusky The purple patches show where thunderstorms are forecast for 1pm on Saturday
A yellow warning has been issued, with severe weather set to hit the South West and west Wales in particular.
Frank Saunders, Chief Forecaster at the Met Office said: “A low-pressure system will sweep in from the west during Friday evening and Saturday bringing strong north-westerly winds to Ireland and then parts of the UK.”
Delays to travel by road, rail, air and ferry are “likely”, with bus and train services also affected.
He said: “We have issued a yellow wind warning for parts of the UK where we’re likely to see inland gusts of 45-55mph and stronger gusts of around 65-75mph in exposed coastal locations.”‘WET AND VERY WINDY’
“Trees are coming into full leaf and many people will be on holiday, so the impacts of a late-April storm may differ subtly from one in mid-winter.”
Scotland is likely to see some of the worst of the gales, with up to 60mph forecast in parts, as a band of cloud and rain moving east could also lead to “heavy thundery showers” in the east.
Strong winds are expected to hit Ireland over the weekend, with the Met Office’s equivalent in Ireland, Met Eireann, choosing to name the weather system Storm Hannah.
We have issued a yellow wind warning for parts of the UK where we’re likely to see inland gusts of 45-55mph and stronger gusts of around 65-75mph in exposed coastal locations.Frank Saunders, Chief Forecaster at the Met Office
By Saturday, Britain will continue to see spells of rain and gales, especially in the south.
One graphic by Ventusky predicts wind speeds reaching 71mph at the outer western edges of Wales and southwestern England.
Sunday is currently set for brighter skies, though showers are “still possible”, and will be followed by further rain driving in on Monday.
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Mr Madge said the front was caused by an area of low pressure sweeping in from the Atlantic.
“In the last few weeks we’ve had an area pressure of low pressure over Scandinavia, but by next week the area of high pressure should build back up again, leading to more settled conditions.”
Those competing in and cheering on the London Marathon on Sunday are expected to escape the worst of the weather, with brighter conditions forecast before rain returns on Monday.
The stormy spell follows a weekend of scorching sunshine, with England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland each enjoying their warmest Easter Monday on record.
England smashed its previous record of 24C in 2011 as the mercury rose to 25C – 9C hotter than Majorca.
Scotland climbed to 23.6C – while in Wales it was 23.5C and Northern Ireland saw temperatures reach 21.4C.
HERE COMES HANNAH Storm Hannah to batter Britain with 70mph gales and hail this weekend APRIL SHOWERS Brits to be battered by thunder, hail and wind today as heatwave is long gone LONDON WEATHER FORECAST Thundery and heavy showers with maximum temperatures of 18C UK WEATHER FORECAST Outbreaks of heavy & thundery showers but feeling warm in the sunshine STORMY TIMES AHEAD Thunderstorm warnings for Britain TODAY with power outages and floods OH HAIL NO! Brits brace for thunderstorms, heavy showers and HAIL after Easter heatwave
The previous record for England was 24C (75.2F) in Hampshire in 2011.
Tourism chiefs toasted a £3.5billion jackpot as Easter’s biggest-ever staycation weekend saw up to 14 million Brits holidaying in the UK.
The heatwave saw up to 7m more last-minute trippers join the 7.4m who had already planned trips, with up to £3.5billion set to be spent, VisitEngland data showed.
Met Office The Met Office has issued a severe warning for wind for parts of the south, southwest and Wales between 9pm on Friday and 3pm on Saturday
A weather graphic for 4pm today shows an outbreak of thundery showers sweeping northwards this afternoon
MET Office Storm Hannah is set to cause havoc in Ireland and disruption in parts of the UK
Alamy The winds aren’t yet over for Aberystwyth in Wales, pictured yesterday, with graphs showing winds could reach 70mph in parts of Wales on Saturday
Alamy A woman struggles to walk into the wind while holding her hat on Worthing Pier in Worthing, West Sussex, as Britain braces itself for days of disruption after a sizzling Bank Holiday
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