Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Weather warnings as Storm Diana hits the UK

Weather warnings as Storm Diana hits the UK

A "major change" in the UK's weather is expected in the coming days as heavy rain and strong winds move in from the Atlantic. This could be accompanied by winds of up to 70mph.

Storm Diana, named by the IPMA Portuguese weather service, is now threatening the Azores and is due to make itself felt over western parts of the United Kingdom on Wednesday.

A warning covering western parts of the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland, south-west England and Wales, will come into effect at 9am on Wednesday and will remain in place until midnight.

The organisation says that a spell of wet and windy weather is expected for the region, with a small chance of very strong and disruptive winds.

While it will be mild with temperatures hitting 15 degrees Met Éireann expects the unsettled weather to continue into the weekend. We wouldn't have named it if it was just on the basis of what was happening in the UK.

Met Éireann have issued three new weather warnings - one yellow and two orange - as Storm Diana nears Ireland.

It will be wet and windy in Reading this week.

There is also a Status Yellow rain warning in place for the same 16 counties until 2pm today.

The strong winds will also bring some rough seas and large waves to coastal areas.

"Thursday will be drier but there'll still be showers around, mainly on southern coasts, turning to more persistent spells of rain at times in the west and north. But it does look likely some of us will see gales and heavy rain which could well cause some travel issues".

"Accumulations of up to 50mm (2in) are likely on high ground".

"Wet and windy weather will sweep across the United Kingdom during Wednesday".

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