Met Office forecasters have issued a yellow weather warning for wind and rain covering the whole country on Saturday and Sunday with violent gusts of up to 80mph predicted
torm Ciara is expected to ‘barge’ into Britain this weekend bringing gale force winds and heavy rain.
According to forecasters, there will be “impacts across the whole of the UK” between 6pm on Saturday and midnight on Sunday.
Power networks could struggle and travel plans face disruption when Storm Ciara brings winds of up to 80mph.
Met Office meteorologist Grahame Madge described the weather front as “Ciara rather rudely barging her way through”, taking conditions from “rather benign” to “very unsettled”.
He said: “There’s the potential for 80mph gusts in exposed locations across parts of the UK.”
After a calm start to February, conditions will start to change as the weekend approaches, with winds beginning to increase on Friday.
Temperatures will remain mild for the coming days, even peaking at 13C in places in the southwest on Friday, in a repeat of the latter stages of last month.
Forecasters have already given their verdict for the weekend but say that the yellow warning will be refined in the coming days.
The Met Office warned that some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport should be expected, with a small chance that some roads and bridges could close.
Here’s how the weather picture will unfold across the UK on the weekend.
Steven Keates from the Met Office said: “The weather picture is unsettled for most of the country this weekend – everyone is going to get a bit of hit.
“We’ll all see rain quite widespread rain and heavy gusts.”
According to current forecasts, Saturday will be bright but windy after overnight in the North but a creeping band of rain will move in overnight.
Blustery conditions will then give way to full force gales on the Sunday, moving into Monday.
Parts of southern England are sensitive to flooding after a month of soggy weather – and homeowner in England are being told to watch out.
Saturday will turn bright and breezy after overnight rain clears.
Sunday will see heavy downpours and will be very windy, turning colder later.
Seaside areas have also been told to be on alert with with 38ft waves off coasts and 16ft in Cornwall.
Rainfall-wise, Scotland will bear the brunt of the weather – particularly in west and central regions, forecasters have warned.
Colder weather in the north means that the snow risk is mainly concentrated in Scotland.
Saturday, bright but windy after overnight rain.
Late Sunday into early next week attention we could see a unpleasant wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow, Keates says.
Exposed coastal areas of Wales will be battered by gusts of up to 60mph, which will pick up as the weekend progresses.
Heavy showers will move in on Sunday with gales or severe gales expected.
Storm Ciara is the third named storm of the 2019/20 winter season, and follows Storm Atiyah, which hit on December 8-9, and Storm Brendan, which brought wind and rain to the country on January 13-14.