The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind and for rain on Tuesday as Storm Claudio will sweep across the UK this week, putting an end to the unseasonably warm October weather
Brits are in for a wet and windy week as Storm Claudio batters the coasts with 70mph winds.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind for the South until 8am on Tuesday for London, South East England and South West England.
A yellow weather warning for rain is also in place until 8am on Tuesday for the same region as well as Wales, East Midlands, East of England, North East England, North West England, South West England, West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber.
Storm Claudio, which was named by the French weather service, will move eastwards overnight bringing winds gale-force winds up to 70mph in isolated areas.
As well as strong winds in that area in the early hours of the morning, people across much of England and Wales can expect a wet night.
A band of rain moving north is expected to dump up to 50 millimetres of water in four hours, according to the Met Office.
The warning reads: “An area of rain will move northwards overnight, turning heavy for a time before clearing away northeast on Tuesday morning.
“While many places are unlikely to see impacts, it is possible that the rain band could become slow moving for a time giving localised accumulations of 20-30 mm in 2 to 3 hours and perhaps 40-50 mm in 3 to 4 hours which could lead to some surface water impacts and delays to transport.”
Storm Claudio’s move eastwards on Tuesday is expected to leave in its wake a showery day for much of the UK, with Wales and areas in southern and central England predicted to see the most frequent rainfall, the Met Office added.
Neil Armstrong, a chief meteorologist, said: “The biggest impacts from Storm Claudio are expected in northern France, which is why it has been named as a system by Meteo-France.
“What it means for us in the UK is for some high winds to be possible along much of the southern coast of England.
“Some isolated and especially exposed coastal areas could see gusts in excess of 70mph, while much of the warning area will see gusts of between 50 and 60mph.”
Conditions are unlikely to improve by midweek as low pressure moving in from the west is forecast to bring wet and windy weather.
The Met Office said winds are likely to be strongest along Irish Sea coastal areas, including western Wales, North West England and South West Scotland, as well as the east coast of Northern Ireland.
It issued a further yellow weather warning for wind on Wednesday.
Deputy chief meteorologist Steven Keates said: “Within the warning area, gusts are expected of between 55 and 65mph.
“This is associated with low pressure moving towards the North West of the UK, which is bringing with it some heavy rain on Wednesday, especially across parts of South West Scotland, Cumbria and western Wales, although much of the UK will see some rain through the day.
“In addition to high winds in the warning area, many parts of the UK will experience strong and gusty winds, at least for a time, during Wednesday.”
The windy weather comes after the UK enjoyed above-average temperatures as October came to an end, with the mercury reaching the low 20s in some parts resulting in balmy conditions for this time of year.
This week’s forecast
Heavy rain mostly clearing, albeit slowly, from northeast Scotland. Sunny spells and showers, some heavy with occasional thunder, for most other areas. Windy, with coastal gales in places.
Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:
Remaining very unsettled with spells of wet and windy weather, interspersed with clearer or brighter showery interludes. Gales developing around many western coasts on Wednesday. Temperatures close to average.
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