24 August 2020 18:35

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UK weather: Storm Francis set to bring 70mph winds and heavy rain

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A severe weather warning comes into force for the whole of Wales from Tuesday A severe wind warning has been issued for Wales amid fears the country could face 70mph gusts due to Storm Francis. Chief meteorologist Andy Page warned the UK was facing "another unseasonably wet and windy spell" with Storm Francis' arrival on Tuesday. A moderate rain warning has also been issued for Ceredigion, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Anglesey, Powys and Wrexham. A Met Office spokesman said: "Heavy rain during Tuesday and early Wednesday is expected to result in some flooding and disruption to travel." Staycationers who chose to holiday in the UK this year are being warned to expect an "unseasonably wet and windy spell" as Storm Francis rolls in with wind speeds of up to 76mph. Ferocious winds and heavy rain is expected to slam into the west of England from the early hours of Tuesday - before spreading across the whole country.

It follows a similar period of unseasonable weather towards the end of last week, coinciding with the arrival of Storm Ellen, which saw 15-year-old Nicola Williams swept to her death in the Rhymney River in Llanrumney, Cardiff, and a 50-year-old holidaymaker die in the sea near Helston, west Cornwall, after getting into difficulties. A new wind warning is in place for all of Wales and most of England until Wednesday, as well as two heavy rain warnings for southern Scotland, north Wales and northern England. Chief Meteorologist Andy Page said: "The UK is in for another unseasonably wet and windy spell with Storm Francis arriving on Tuesday. Here's a breakdown of the regional weather as Brits brace for a battering of heavy rain and gale force winds: Tonight will see some clear spells and a few showers before cloud builds in the early hours of tomorrow morning - with some very heavy rain forecast and strengthening winds. Tuesday will see heavy rain spread across all parts, leading to a brighter afternoon - but gale force winds will still batter the region as Storm Francis rolls in.

Wednesday could see more wet and windy weather continuing eastwards - with the Met Office sayings winds could remain gale force in strength. By midnight in the south east, the entire region is expected to be hit by strong winds and increasingly wet weather. Forecasters are warning winds will be particularly strong in coastal areas and hills - with severe gales expected. On Wednesday rain and winds are likely to ease, leaving a mostly fine and sunny day before Thursday and Friday could turn unsettled again, with showers, or longer spells of rain and winds picking up again at the end of the week. Heavy rain will move in overnight from the west to cover the entire region by tomorrow morning - accompanied by gale force winds Tuesday will bring very strong winds to the entire region before rain in during the morning will clear away to leave conditions briefly dry, before further showery rain moves in from the west.

A band of heavy rain is then forecast to move in overnight from the west to cover the entire region by morning. On Tuesday, those in the north west will wake up to "very wet and windy" conditions - with rain possibly clearing for a shirt time around lunchtime. Heading throughout the week, Wednesday through to Friday could see an easing of the rain and wind - before more unsettled weather returns heading into the weekend. Overnight tonight clear skies will bring chilly temperatures before clouds move in throughout the early hours, bringing heavy rain and strong winds - with a minimum temperature of 8C. Tomorrow will start off dry in the far nirth at first before heavy rain spreads across the region, with the Met Office predicting strong to gale force winds.

Wednesday will see strong to gale force winds continue in Wednesday, with cloudy and showery rain sticking around until Thursday. Heavy downpours and strong winds are set to batter parts of Scotland this week as Storm Francis sweeps over the country. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain on Tuesday and early Wednesday. Most of Northern Ireland can expect heavy rain as Storm Francis arrives in the coming days. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday.

The forecaster has suggested that around 60-90mm of rain could fall as Storm Francis moves from west to east. Winds of 70mph and heavy rain are expected in the UK as forecasters warn of life-threatening conditions from Storm Francis. The weather system is set to bring an "unseasonably" wet and windy spell from tonight until Wednesday, with severe warnings in place for large parts of the country. Andy Page, of the Met Office, said: "The UK is in for another unseasonably wet and windy spell with Storm Francis arriving on Tuesday. Storm Francis is expected to clear the UK by Wednesday afternoon, leaving behind more settled and brighter conditions. Storm Francis is to hit Wales with gale-force winds and heavy rain this week. Persistent rain, severe winds of more than 50mph and a drop in temperature across the country are all forecast for the week ahead. The whole of Wales is covered by a yellow weather warning for wind from Tuesday to Wednesday, with another period of strong winds and gales and some disruption to transport expected. On Monday the Met Office issued a further yellow weather warning for rain covering large parts of Wales. The Met Office said: "Storm Francis will bring another spell of very wet and windy weather during Tuesday and early Wednesday. The Met Office said that Monday will be a wet start for those in mid and south Wales, but showers will clear away by mid-morning. On Tuesday the weather warning kicks in and even stronger winds arrive. The Met Office forecast gales, potentially severe, across Wales. Heavy and persistent rain will continue throughout Tuesday morning, eventually clearing in the afternoon to leave a mixture of showers and drier patches. The rest of the week is forecast to be unsettled, with showers and sunny spells every day. Monday will see heavy showers turning to cloudy in the afternoon. Tuesday will see rain all day, with heavy showers until 8am before lighter downpours in the afternoon. On Monday Swansea will wake to cloudy conditions before light rain arrives late morning. Tuesday will see rain the whole day, with heavy showers until around 8am. Light showers on Friday morning will change to sunny intervals by early afternoon. Heavy rain will hit Monday morning before turning to cloudy skies in the afternoon. Heavy rain is forecast for the entire day on Tuesday, with gusts of more than 50mph forecast. Unsettled conditions will return on Thursday, with some light showers in the morning before a few downpours in the late afternoon. Friday will start off cloudy before turning to sunny intervals in the afternoon. Heavy rain is forecast for most of the day on Monday, with cloudy skies by early evening. Tuesday will see even more heavy rain, with downpours forecast all day. Much calmer conditions are expected on Wednesday, with sunny intervals all day. Rain returns on Thursday with showers forecast all day after a cloudy start. Showers persist into Friday with some sunny intervals forecast in the morning. Tuesday will see heavy showers all day and wind gusts of more than 50mph. Rain will continue into Wednesday morning before sunny skies return in the afternoon. Unsettled conditions are forecast on Friday with cloudy skies turning to light showers by late morning. Tuesday will see heavy showers all day during the weather warning and gusts of close to 50mph. Rain will continue into Wednesday morning before calmer, but still cloudy, conditions in the afternoon. Rain returns on Thursday with showers forecast all day. Showers will be lighter on Friday morning before turning to sunny intervals in the afternoon. Wind and rain warnings are in force for Tuesday as another named storm impacts the UK. A yellow wind warning is in force for the whole of Wales and most of England until midday on Wednesday. A deep area of low pressure will bring heavy rain and the risk of severe gales in places during Tuesday and Wednesday Chief Meteorologist Andy Page, said "The UK is in for another unseasonably wet and windy spell with Storm Francis arriving on Tuesday. A number of severe weather warnings have been issued and these warnings can be updated regularly so please keep up to date with the latest Met Office forecast." After a showery day on Friday the Bank Holiday weekend should bring sunshine to most parts for a time with scattered showers before further unsettled weather is expected to move in from Tuesday next week.