STORM Hannah is set to smash into the UK this evening bringing with it a wall of rain as well as 75mph gales.
The Met Office currently has yellow weather warning in place covering the entire south of England and all of Wales from below The Wash in the East and parts of Manchester may even be hit in the West.
Gales are expected to hit a peak of 75mph but in those areas affected by Storm Hannah most wind speeds will be around 45-55mph, rising to 60-70mph on coastal areas.
Northern Ireland is expected to get the worst of the rain, where a red rain warning is in place, which will see around 30mm fall.
Wales is also expected to get a downpour with between 20-30mm.
The yellow warning in place from 9pm tonight runs until 3pm tomorrow and has now been extended eastwards and northwards to cover all of South England and Wales, as well as most of the Midlands and parts of northern England.
Frank Saunders, chief forecaster at the Met Office, said: “A low-pressure system will sweep in from the west during Friday evening and Saturday bringing strong north-westerly winds to Ireland and then parts of the UK.
“We have issued a yellow wind warning for parts of the UK where we’re likely to see inland gusts of 45-55mph and stronger gusts of around 65-75mph in exposed coastal locations.
“Trees are coming into full leaf and many people will be on holiday, so the impacts of a late-April storm may differ subtly from one in mid-winter.”
The south west of England is expected to see the worst of the storm.
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Temperatures in most parts are likely to fall due to the storm, with figures due to be below average for this time of year.
Storm Hannah though is expected to clear by Sunday, bringing more settled weather.
Those competing in and cheering on the London Marathon on Sunday are expected to escape the worst of the weather.
Brighter conditions are forecast before rain returns on Monday.
The stormy spell follows a weekend of scorching sunshine, with England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland each enjoying their warmest Easter Monday on record.
England smashed its previous record of 24C in 2011 as the mercury rose to 25C – 9C hotter than Majorca.
Scotland climbed to 23.6C – while in Wales it was 23.5C and Northern Ireland saw temperatures reach 21.4C.
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The previous record for England was 24C (75.2F) in Hampshire in 2011.
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The heatwave saw up to 7m more last-minute trippers join the 7.4m who had already planned trips, with up to £3.5billion set to be spent, VisitEngland data showed.
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