Storm Ciara sees Met Office issue yellow weather warning for wind across Newark and whole of UK
A weather warning has been issued after reports a storm is due to strike.
The Met Office has published the yellow warning for wind in Newark this weekend, as well as for the rest of the UK.
The low-pressure system to impact the country, which could see gusts of up to 80mph, has been named Storm Ciara.
The system is currently developing in the North Atlantic and will bring strong winds and heavy rain across the whole of the UK — through to the end of the weekend and into the start of next week.
Wind gusts will widely reach 50 to 60mph across many inland areas. The strongest gusts in exposed locations could reach 80mph.
The yellow national severe weather warning for wind will be in force from Saturday at 6pm and all day Sunday until midnight.
Storm Ciara is expected to bring disruptions that may affect some power supplies and transport services.
Neil Armstrong, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “An extremely strong jet stream flowing from North America will be steering a succession of low-pressure systems towards the UK at least into the middle of next week.
"The relative predictability of this pattern has provided an early warning and has given us the certainty to be able to name this storm four days ahead.”
Although today (Thursday) will be largely fine, Friday will become more unsettled with spells of rain and a developing breeze.
Saturday will be relatively dry for much of the UK before further strengthening winds and rain arrive from the west in the evening ahead of Storm Ciara.
“The Met Office will continue to monitor the development of Storm Ciara and other potentially impactful low-pressure systems through next week," said Mr Armstrong.
"Warnings will be issued and amended as appropriate so members of the public should keep up to date with the Met Office forecast via our website, app or by following us on social media.”
Storm Ciara is the third named storm of the season which started in September.
In the wake of the storm, conditions will remain unsettled across the UK, and it will turn colder with the chance of wintry showers and ice in some parts. It will also remain very windy.
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