The Met Office has issued a weather warning for severe gales and heavy rain this weekend as Storm Callum makes its way to the UK.

A spell of heavy and persistent rain on Friday has the potential to cause flooding across parts of the north and south west while Northern Ireland will be hit by the strongest winds, forecasters say. The yellow weather warnings for wind and rain are in place on Friday and Saturday across Northern Ireland, Wales, the north west of England, Yorkshire and later Scotland. Previous Storm Ali batters the town of Saltcoats in Ayrshire, Scotland, as high winds and rain are expected throughout Scotland this weekend (Picture: SWNS) The yellow weather warning in place on Saturday

The Met Office has issued a weather warning for severe gales and heavy rain this weekend as Storm Callum makes its way to the UK. A spell of heavy and persistent rain on Friday has the potential to cause flooding across parts of the north and south west while Northern Ireland will be hit by the strongest winds, forecasters say. The yellow weather warnings for wind and rain are in place on Friday and Saturday across Northern Ireland, Wales, the north west of England, Yorkshire and later Scotland. Previous Storm Ali batters the town of Saltcoats in Ayrshire, Scotland, as high winds and rain are expected throughout Scotland this weekend (Picture: SWNS)

The yellow weather warning in place on Saturday.

 

The Met Office says there is a small chance homes and businesses could be flooded as well as a slight chance of power cuts and loss of other services.

 

 

Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures. There is a small chance that some communities become cut off by flooded roads.

Where flooding occurs, there is a slight chance of delays or cancellations to train and bus services,’ it warned.

 

 

‘There is a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris.’ Some buildings could become damaged by the wind blowing tiles from roofs and road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, the Met Office warns.

 

There is also a small chance of injuries and a danger to life risk from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties. Friday’s weather system has been named as #StormCallum by @MetEireann

 

The strongest winds are likely in western Ireland though NW parts of the UK can expect severe gales. The main impacts for the UK will be from heavy rain across some western areas Friday & Saturday #weatheraware pic.twitter.com/KGq20Y2NAU — Met Office (@metoffice) October 10, 2018

 

 

There is a potential gusts of wind could reach 70 mph around exposed coasts and hills in Northern Ireland, with winds reaching 80 mph affecting parts of Scotland and the Outer Hebrides, forecasters said.

 

‘A zone of heavy rain will become slow-moving, bringing prolonged and often heavy rainfall,’ a Met Office spokesman said.

 

‘Parts of south and west Wales may well see the greatest amounts but throughout the warning area, high ground exposed to the south and south west could see 50 to 100 mm by the end of the day.

The rain is expected to be accompanied by strong winds, gusting up to 60 mph, which when combined with high tides may lead to some coastal impacts due to large waves. In addition, leaves and twigs, brought down by the wind, could block drains and culverts, increasing the likelihood of flooding.’

 

New Brighton lighthouse in choppy waters on the River Mersey as more of the north of England is braced for wet weather this weekend (Picture: Caters)

 

Friday’s yellow warnings for wind and rain

 

(Picture: Metro.co.uk) It’s a tale of two cities as before the weekend, forecasters are predicting the south of England could experience an October ‘mini-heatwave’.

In London, it could be hotter than Istanbul on the warmest October day for seven years today, forecasters said.

Temperatures are set to hit 24 degrees in parts of the country, with the Met Office labelling it an ‘Indian summer day’. Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said: ‘The temperatures are really rocketing – it will start warm and just get warmer. ‘Temperatures are getting up over 20 degrees in quite a few places.

 

https://metro.co.uk/video/met-office-forecasts-hottest-october-day-seven-years-1779438/?ito=vjs-link

Red deer enjoy the early morning mist in Bushy Park on what could be the hottest October day for seven years (Picture: Reuters / Henry Nicholls)

 

‘It’s going to be possibly the warmest October for seven years, with 23 or 24 degrees possible in parts of the south.

 

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