Met Eireann issue Orange weather warning for six counties

Met Eireann issue Orange weather warning for six counties

The storm is expected to move through relatively quickly.

The wet, windy weather is a forerunner of Storm Diana which is expected to bring severe gales to Northern Ireland over the next few days.

High pressure could return close to the United Kingdom by Saturday allowing a brief period of cooler more settled conditions, but the wet and windy weather will re-appear on Sunday as fronts roll in from the north-west.

The Met Office has weather warnings in place for the north west of England, south west England, the West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Orkney and Shetland throughout Wednesday and Thursday.

The Met Office issued a yellow warning for wind for Carlisle and the western half of Cumbria for tomorrow. Within the warning area expect gusts of 60mph. "The strongest winds are expected along coastal areas in the west, Northern Ireland, and the far northeast of Scotland, where gusts of 60-70 miles per hour, locally 75 miles per hour, are likely".

Some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities could be affected by spray and/or large waves.

Stormy conditions are expected to persist through Wednesday. Credit getreading
Stormy conditions are expected to persist through Wednesday. Credit getreading

Conditions will start to turn wet and windy on Tuesday before the storm ploughs into the United Kingdom on Wednesday, when widespread travel disruption and flooding is expected.

A dramatic weather map shared by the Met Office shows how Storm Diana will sweep through the Atlantic past the Portuguese Azores before slamming into the UK.

The Met Office says: "A very unsettled spell of weather is expected, with strong winds, combined with widespread and in places heavy rain".

Another spell of wet and windy weather is expected, with a small chance of very strong and disruptive winds.

Arctic air will bring the festive chill, risking significant snowfall and a white Christmas, forecasters have said.

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