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UK weather: Met Office warns of 'extensive rain' and cold
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Weekend weather will continue last week’s trend, according to the Met Office, as storm Barra exits British shores. Barra rippled across Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, between Tuesday and Wednesday, leaving behind excessive rain, wind and at some points, snow. Over the weekend, a new system with a vengeance, bringing extreme winds but to a more limited portion of the country.
The Met Office has released one weather warning for the country this coming weekend, commencing from Sunday.
The nighttime yellow warning swings into action from 9pm on December 12, bringing “very windy weather”.
Until 6am on December 13, the system will loom over Scotland and blast winds up to 90mph over the Highlands and Eilean Siar and Strathclyde.
The forecast reads: “Strong winds are possible during Sunday evening and overnight, before easing quickly during Monday morning.”
“There is potential for wind gusts to reach 80 to 85 mph, and in excess of 90 mph in a few locations, particularly over the Western Isles.
“The strongest gusts will be from a westerly or southwesterly direction.
“However, the very strongest winds may remain just offshore.”
The Met Office warning states the wind could cause a “danger to life” from flying debris, followed by building damage and traffic delays.
Although the strongest winds will strike offshore, they put people living on the coast in particular danger.
The Met Office stated “large waves” and flung beach material could cause “injuries and danger to life”.
Weather charts from WXCharts show the rest of the country has a comparatively easy ride.
Wind speeds will remain lower in most places, around six to 12mph, with the storm concentrated in Scotland.
But a broad patch of rain will extend over most of the country, pouring out between 1cm and 3cm in an hour.
After this weekend, the Met Office expects weather conditions will gradually improve.
In its long-range forecast, which covers December 15 to Christmas Eve on December 24, foretold “mild” temperatures to come.
In the south, Britons would see the weather become “rather cold” for the season.
After a “breezy and cool” Wednesday, the weather should become “drier and more settled in the south”, spreading to “all areas” by the following weekend.
The forecast adds: “After starting rather overcast, cloud amounts should reduce with time, with the risk of overnight frost and fog increasing.
“The fog could be slow to clear in the mornings, perhaps lasting all day in some places. Some rain is still possible at times in the far northwest.
“Temperatures are expected to be near normal for most, but milder in the northwest and perhaps turning rather cold in the south in time for Christmas.”
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