UK weather: Storm to BOMBARD Britain with 60mph gales and torrential downpours


‘Storm Deirdre’ is heading to the UK today and will bring 60mph gales and torrential downpours. Winds of 60mph are possible in coastal areas as well as a deep area of low pressure developing close to Ireland. The weather front will pass across the country today bringing long spells of wet and windy weather.

This will most affect those travelling in the afternoon rush hour.

Today has started fairly dry, but will soon be taken over by heavy downpours and strong winds. 

This will seep across from the south-west during the late afternoon. 

Winds could potentially reach gale force in some areas, in what will be an extremely windy end to the day. 

A spokesperson for The Weather Channel said: “Friday will be a very wet and windy day when a deeper area of low pressure approaches from the west bringing widespread cloud and rain, initially across western areas, before spreading northeast through the day. 

“Winds will be fresh to strong southerly and gusty, locally gale force along western coasts.

“There will be blustery and wet night for most before the main band of rain clears to the North Sea to leave a mixture of scattered showers and clearer spells.”

The Met Office has issued Yellow and Amber Weather Warnings for rain and wind affecting some parts of the UK.

The Amber Warning is for Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire and is in force from 1pm until 11pm today. 

The Met Office warns to expect heavy rain this afternoon and evening which could cause: 

  • Homes and businesses likely to be flooded, causing damage to some buildings
  • Fast flowing or deep floodwater is likely, causing danger to life
  • Delays and some cancellations to train and bus services are likely
  • Spray and flooding probably leading to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
  • A good chance some communities cut off by flooded roads
  • Power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses likely

Rain will affect southwestern parts of Wales during this afternoon and evening, bringing a further 20-40 mm of rain. 

Much of this will fall within six to nine hours and lead to further flooding. Scattered heavy showers will follow from the west overnight.

The Yellow Weather Warning is for Central, Tayside and Fife, Grampian, London and South East England, Northern Ireland, South West Scotland, South West England, Strathclyde and Wales. 

According to the Met Office said a band of heavy rain is expected to move east on Friday with widely 15-25 mm of rain falling and 1.6 – 2.3 inches (40-60 mm) over higher ground. 

“This will be in addition to other spells of heavy rain so far this week affecting similar areas. 

“Rain will be accompanied by strong winds with gusts of 50-55 mph possible inland and 60-70 mph around some coasts.”



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