Storm “Diana” to batter the UK with severe gales on Wednesday

Tuesday: A spell of strong southeasterly gales will affect coastal counties of Ireland between 5 and 9am with strong winds passing north east into Irish sea coasts and south west Scotland towards mid day. A spell of heavy rain and squally winds will pass over the country through the day with the potential for some localized disruption.

Wednesday: Storm Diana hits. Although rain wont be a particular issue, wind will be, with rather strong winds throughout the country for much of the day meaning pretty much anywhere could see gusts near 50mph – however more especially 60-70mph gusts are likely for Ireland, south west England, Wales, Cumbria, south west Scotland early on and through the afternoon. During the afternoon severe gale force winds will spread into the far north of England and much of Scotland. For the evening rush hour across north east England and parts of Scotland winds could approach 70mph and cross winds are possible.

UK Storm Risk Map | Wednesday 28th November 2018 |

Rainfall wont be a particular issue during this stormy spell of weather, however across parts of south west England and western Ireland which are more exposed to the westerly winds will pick up some fairly persistent showers and as a result could see up to 2 inches of rainfall so there is a risk of some light flooding here. During the day some large waves and rough surf will affect coastal areas with dangerous beach conditions. Outdoor activities should be revised based on the risk matrix for your region.

There’s the potential for more stormy weather on Thursday to. There could be some particularly vicious winds across southern counties of England for the Thursday morning rush hour. Extending from Cornwall, South West England all the way to say Kent. Here wind gusts of 60-70mph could deliver some quite dangerous travelling conditions. Stay tuned for developments on this storm.