THE MET OFFICE has issued strong wind warnings, as Storm Atiyah is set to batter the UK on Sunday and Monday with severe gales.
Winds are likely to get up to 70 mph in western and southern coastal counties, while further inland gusts may well reach as high as 60 mph. The gale force winds are expected to bring disruption both on land and sea, as well as cause some structural damage. The Met office is warning residents to secure “any loose items” left outdoors before the storm arrives.
Netweather’s Paul Michaelwhite said: “Sunday will see blustery and at times wintry showers from the off across the north and west of the country.
“Further south and east, once the early rain clears it’ll be a drier picture initially, but some of those showers will filter through during the day.
“It’ll not take long for the winds to pick up as Atiyah arrives either.
“Initially, it’ll be western and southern Ireland seeing the strongest gusts, potentially more than 80mph.
“Western and southern coastal counties of England and Wales will soon get in on the act though, with gusts likely to peak at 60-70mph here, and up to 60mph inland.
“Warnings have been issued by both Met Eireann and the UK Met Office for strong winds, with the risk of disruption both on land and sea.”
Monday will see further wind and rain, with strong gusts likely further north, right up to Scotland.
Scotland’s west coast will be battered by 28ft waves, while further offshore waves could reach 40ft.
On Tuesday, storm Brendan will hit the British Isles, causing more disruption.
Heavier rain and squally winds will be the order of the day, bringing the threat of localised flooding in the west, before temperatures drop on Wednesday, turning the rain to sleet and snow on higher ground.
Voters will be hampered by more wind and rain on Thursday, as Britain goes to the polls.
A chill from Canada follows by the weekend, with snow threatening the Midlands on the following days.