UK weather: Storm Hector set to bring gale force winds to Britain

You may think summer is here to stay, but British weather always brings a few surprises.

Tomorrow, Storm Hector is set to batter parts of the country with gale force winds across parts of northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

A yellow warning has been issued by the Met Office, which covers these areas from 3am to 3pm on Thursday.

The storm, which is due to a deep area of low pressure, may bring winds speeds of up to 70mph in exposed areas and winds of 50 to 60 mph across many other regions.

The wind will get particularly strong in the early hours of Thursday in Northern Ireland, before spreading eastwards across other northern parts of the UK during the morning.

The storm should gradually ease from the west during Thursday afternoon, where a spell of heavy rain will accompany the wind.

It is possible that Amber warnings may be issued for some areas later on Wednesday or early on Thursday if this risk increases further.

What to expect? 

Yellow and Amber weather warnings represent a range of impact levels and likelihoods, which can include damage to property, travel delays and cancellations, loss of water supplies, power cuts and, in the most severe cases, bring a danger to life.

According to the Met Office, this yellow weather warning means there is a small chance of longer journey times or cancellations as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected.

There is also a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, and a slight of power cuts occurring, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.

These winds also bring a small chance of injuries and danger to life occurring from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties, with a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris.

Disruption to outdoor activities is also likely, with damage to tents, marquees and other temporary structures occurring.

Affected areas include: Central, Tayside & Fife, Grampian, Highlands & Eilean Siar, North East England, North West England, Northern Ireland, Orkney & Shetland, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, Strathclyde, Yorkshire & Humber.



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Weather Alert Online: UK weather: Storm Hector set to bring gale force winds to Britain
UK weather: Storm Hector set to bring gale force winds to Britain
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