/Storm Ciara named as storm set to batter Britain this weekend

Storm Ciara named as storm set to batter Britain this weekend

Severe winds set to batter Britain this weekend have been upgraded to Storm Ciara, the Met Office say.

Yesterday, forecasters said winds of up to 80mph could slam into the country as a weather warning for the entire UK was issued.

In a tweet the Met Office said: “#StormCiara has been named and will bring very unsettled weather across the UK through Saturday night and Sunday.”

Beginning at 6pm on Saturday, the warning forecasts very strong winds that could bring nation-wide travel chaos.

Forecasters predict over 24 hours of raging winds.

The warning continues: “Very strong winds may bring disruption to parts of the UK later this weekend.

UK weather forecast: Storm Ciara named as storm set to batter Britain this weekend
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“Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport expected.

“Coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities affected by spray and/or large waves.

“There is a small chance that some roads and bridges could close.

“There is a slight chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.

Storm Ciara will bring gales to the whole of the UK
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A man stands close to the edge at the seafront in Blackpool
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“There is a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs.”

The Met Office says there is a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris while the warning is in place.

Currently, the weather warning ends at midnight on Sunday.

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.

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “February is more famous for snow than storms – but computer models show an Atlantic barrage is on the way this month.

“Stormy conditions are possible at the start and end of the week, and again in the following week.”

A woman battled with an umbrella in the wind in Bristol
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The harsher weather comes after last month was one of the warmest Januarys for 361 years with temperatures in central England at 6.5C – which are 2.7C above normal.

Today, meanwhile, will be fine and dry for most with some good sunny spells and lighter winds and minimal fog patches.

And yesterday, the Met Office said it was too early to warn with any certainty of heavy snowfall later this month.

Some forecasts last week predicted imminent snow but new analysis radars suggest this is no longer the case.

Temperatures will, in fact, 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.

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