Britain on storm alert with threat of widespread gales

Britain on storm alert with threat of widespread gales

There is a also a strong risk of flooding predicted in coastal areas according to Met Eireann.

A deep area of low-pressure, which will cross to the north of the United Kingdom late on Tuesday into Wednesday, has been named Storm Gareth.

A Met Office spokeswoman said: "A band of rain, sleet and snow, accompanied by gusty winds, will move eastwards across Northern Ireland during the early hours of Sunday and then continue into Scotland and parts of northern England".

Again the Met Office is warning about possible transport and travel disruption - with bus and train journeys potentially affected - as a result of the conditions.

Strong winds are set to batter the United Kingdom as Storm Gareth moves in.

After a slight reprieve in conditions expected on Monday, the wild weather is expected to make a return towards the middle of the week.

Meanwhile, a more severe orange weather warning has been issued for Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo, but it is unclear as to whether this upgrade will be issued for the rest of the country as of yet.

Issued at 10:00am this morning (Saturday, March 9), and updated at 10:48am, the warning will come into effect at 11:00pm tonight and last until 6:00am on Monday morning. This evening, rain will spread northeastwards over the province.

During those yellow warning periods, there could be gusts of 60-70mph across Northern Ireland, while England could see winds of between 50-55mph and 60-65mph in coastal areas.

Strong winds are already lashing the city throughout Sunday afternoon.

Lasting from 6pm today until 6am on Tuesday, 25mm of rain is expected to accumulate as heavy brain rain turns to squally showers.

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