Storm Brendan sweeps in: Wind warnings in place for the next 48 hours with gusts of 80mph set to batter Britain
- Forecasters warn coastal routes and communities could be affected by large waves and strong gusts
- Yellow warnings in place for western UK and North East Scotland from 12pm today to midnight tomorrow
- Those in affected areas should take care driving on exposed routes such as bridges or high open roads
Gales will batter Britain this week as Storm Brendan sweeps across the country with winds of up to 80mph.
Strong gusts will bring heavy rain and travel chaos to western parts of the country, while forecasters have warned coastal routes and communities could be affected by large waves as they strike seafronts.
Yellow weather warnings, which signal potential disruption to everyday life, are in place for Northern Ireland, much of the West of the UK and the North East of Scotland from 12pm today to midnight tomorrow.
A windsurfer surfs in the sea off West Wittering beach in West Sussex yesterday before Storm Brendan sweeps in
Met Office meteorologist Frank Saunders told how the severe conditions could cause travel problems, and those in affected areas should take extra care when driving on exposed routes such as bridges or high open roads.
He said: ‘It’s going to be windy across the western UK, with gusts reaching 60-70mph along Irish Sea coastlines, the west of Scotland and perhaps some English Channel coasts – maybe even 80mph in a few exposed places.
‘It looks like it’s going to stay very unsettled with the potential for further disruptive weather in places. As well as strong winds, there will be large coastal waves in western areas so bear this in mind before heading out.’
The storm is the result of a strong jet stream caused by extreme temperature differences across North America. The jet is set to be near or over the UK this week and direct the low pressure systems towards the country.
Strong gusts will bring heavy rain and travel chaos to western parts of the country today as Storm Brendan arrives
Yellow warnings, which signal potential disruption to everyday life, are in place from 12pm today to midnight tomorrow
The Environment Agency has imposed two flood warnings (in red) and 58 alerts (in orange) across England today
Despite the gale force winds temperatures are expected to remain mild for the time of year, caused by a south-westerly air flow bringing in warm, moist air from the South.
Over the weekend the country already began to experience the effects of the oncoming storm. On Saturday, strong winds and heavy rain battered parts of Scotland, causing road closures and rail disruption.
The main A1 road from the English border up to the Edinburgh area was closed to high-sided vehicles for several hours. Flights were also affected, as planes were diverted and pilots struggled to touch down in high winds.
An Easyjet flight from Malaga trying to land at Newcastle Airport had to pull up at the last minute as a gust threatened to destabilise its landing. After four attempts the flight was diverted to Edinburgh.
A woman walks a dog on a fine day in Dublin yesterday as Met Eireann named the low pressure system as Storm Brendan
A group fo people walk on Bull Wall on a sunny day in Dublin yesterday ahead of the arrival of Storm Brendan
Ferry operator CalMac began confining its ships to port last night. The crossing from Ardrossan, Ayrshire, to Brodick on Arran will stop running after this morning’s 9.45 sailing and services may not resume until Wednesday.
All ferry sailings in the Western Isles are cancelled and schools there are closed today. Many parts of Scotland experienced wild conditions on Saturday.
In Condorrat, Lanarkshire, a 12-year-old boy had to be rescued from an overflowing burn after falling in just after 5pm. He was pulled from the Luggie Water by firefighters around an hour later.
In Argyll, a lifeboat had to be launched after a 1,300-ton coaster began drifting at the north entrance to Oban Bay. The vessel was towed to a safer location.
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