The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for the wind expected to start on Saturday evening as a result of Storm Ciara. In a rare occurrence, the warning covers the whole of the UK, with no corner spared the wrath of the storm.
Wind gusts of up to 80pmh (128kph) will batter parts of the UK as the North Atlantic system pummels the UK.
Storm Ciara, the third named storm of the season, threatens to be the biggest yet.
Forecasters claim there will be “impacts across the whole of the UK” between 6pm on Saturday and midnight on Sunday.
Met Office meteorologist Grahame Madge described the weather front as “Ciara rather rudely barging her way through”.
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Storm Ciara latest: This map shows wind mph for the whole of the UK on Sunday
Storm Ciara latest: Wind gusts of up to 80pmh (128kph) will batter parts of the UK
He said conditions will go from “rather benign” to “very unsettled”.
Neil Armstrong, a chief meteorologist with the Met Office, said: “An extremely strong jet stream flowing from North America will be steering a succession of low-pressure systems towards the UK at least into the middle of next week.
“The relative predictability of this pattern has provided an early warning and has given us the certainty to be able to name this storm four days ahead.”
Before Storm Ciara arrives, Wednesday and Thursday this week will see high pressure dominating, bringing largely fine conditions to most of the UK with frost and fog in some locations.
Storm Ciara latest: The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for the wind
By Friday evening conditions will start to become more unsettled with spells of rain and a developing breeze.
Saturday will be a relatively dry day for much of the UK before further strengthening winds and rain arrive from the west in the evening ahead of Storm Ciara.
Mr Armstrong said: “The Met Office will continue to monitor the development of Storm Ciara and other potentially impactful low-pressure systems through next week.
“Warnings will be issued and amended as appropriate so members of the public should keep up to date with the Met Office forecast via our website, app or by following us on social media.”
The Met Office warned some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport should be expected, with a small chance that some roads and bridges could close.
There is also a possibility of power cuts across the country, with the potential to affect other services including mobile phone coverage.
Additionally, there may be a slight chance of some damage to buildings.
Mr Madge warned of the risks of “coastal flooding, large winds across sea fronts”, adding, “We could also see some impact on networks, both phone and power”.
Storm Ciara latest: The storm will be the result of an 'extremely strong jet stream flowing from North America'
As the storm begins to recede into next week, it is likely to leave behind bitter conditions.
The Met Office is forecasting unsettled conditions in the wake of Storm Ciara, with “the chance of wintry showers and ice in some parts” a well as continuing winds.
Storm Ciara is the third named storm of the 2019/20 winter season.
The storm follows Storm Atiyah, which hit on December 8/9, and Storm Brendan, which brought wind and rain to the country on January 13/14.