BRITAIN is to be battered by ferocious gale force winds today, with the Met Office issuing yellow weather warnings across the country.
The UK has been hit by rain for the last week after basking in a heatwave at the end of June.
Now that poor weather is expected to continue until the end of the weekend, with Atlantic winds set to disrupt large swathes of northern England and southern Scotland.
Regions such as the north east, north west and Northern Ireland will bear the brunt of the Atlantic blast sweeping across the nation.
Areas of Scotland, including Central, Tayside and Fife, the Lothian Borders and Strathclyde – as well as the UK’s south west – will also be badly affected by strong winds.
The gusts mean a chance of damage to buildings, roads and bridges on Sunday.
Power cuts and disruption to other services such as mobile phone networks could occur.
The windy weather may also affect travel times, and could cause disruption to road, rail, air and ferry services.
The Met Office also warned of a small risk of injuries that could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.
The weather agency’s warning for Sunday reads: “An area of low pressure is expected to develop over the Atlantic and track eastwards across central Scotland during Sunday with strong winds developing across a large swathe of the UK.
“Gusts of 50-60 mph are most likely over and to the east of high ground, particularly the Pennines which may lead to some travel disruption.
“With trees in full leaf, fallen branches and damaged trees may cause some localised travel and power disruption.
“While there is high confidence in the development of the low pressure system, there is the potential for a much deeper system with stronger winds and a risk of severe gales around coasts and through the Central Belt.”
In their forward outlook for Monday to Wednesday, the Met Office predict: “Fine with sunny spells for many through Monday and Thursday, although windier with showers across the far northeast.
“Generally cloudier with patchy rain on Wednesday, this heaviest over western hills.”