Met Office issues severe weather warning as 75mph winds to batter UK

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings ahead of a storm that will batter the country with potentially life-threatening gales.

Winds of up to 75mph threaten to cause disruption in Northern Ireland and Wales and most of England from Tuesday afternoon

The strongest winds will hit Northern Ireland first before extending to Wales and England on Wednesday, forecasters have warned.

There could be a danger to life from flying debris and large waves, and the conditions could disrupt travel.

Meanwhile, a spell of wet and windy weather – and snow, mainly over high ground – will continue this weekend and carry into next week, the Met Office said.

The Met Office has issued two yellow warnings for wind as a low-pressure system brings miserable weather.

The first affects only Northern Ireland between 3pm and 11.59 pm on Tuesday.

It said: "A spell of strong northwesterly winds are expected across Northern Ireland for the evening travel period and continue overnight.

"Gusts of up to 60mph are possible inland and 70-75mph along northern coasts."

The second warning, from midnight to 3pm on Wednesday, is for Northern Ireland, Wales and most of England.

It said: "A spell of strong northwesterly winds across Northern Ireland is expected to extend across much of England and Wales through Wednesday.

"Gusts of up to 50-55mph are likely inland and 65mph along western coasts.

"Winds will gradually ease during the afternoon."

The Met Office said the likeliest impacts are travel disruption, power cuts and large waves.

Wet, windy and snowy conditions have been affecting the UK since a rare and record-setting February heatwave.

Snow fell over parts of Northern Ireland, Scotland and northern England on Saturday morning, and further spells are expected over high ground later in the day.

In the evening, rain will spread across the south with hill snow for central areas and possibly lower levels later in the night.

A band of rain and hill snow will cross the UK on Sunday, leaving a covering of snow at lower levels in the north.

Monday will bring sunshine after early showers before wet and windy conditions dominate on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Which areas are under a warning?

Tuesday from 3pm to 11.59pm

Northern Ireland

Wednesday from 12am to 3pm

Northern Ireland

Wales

England: East and West Midlands, East of England, London, South East, North West, South West, Yorkshire and Humber.

Met Office five-day weather forecast

Saturday

A windy day, with early rain and hill snow across Northern England clearing.

Southern parts of the UK will be mainly dry with sunny spells.

Otherwise, blustery showers in the north, with more persistent rain in far northeast.

Saturday night

Showers easing in the north, allowing a widespread frost.

Rain spreading across southern parts, with hill snow for central areas, and perhaps to lower levels here later in the night.

Sunday

A band of rain and hill snow will cross the UK, giving snow locally to lower levels in the north.

Elsewhere, a mixture of sunshine and blustery showers, some wintry.

Monday to Wednesday

Sunny spells for many on Monday, after early showers in the west ease.

Wet and windy on Tuesday.

Wednesday will be very windy with heavy showers and some sunshine.

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