STORM Hannah has swept into the UK, bringing 82mph winds and heavy rain after battering Ireland and leaving at least 10,000 properties without power.
A yellow wind warning covering Wales and central and southern England is in force until 3pm amid the threat of disruption to transport networks and power cuts.
This weather graphic for Saturday morning shows a wall of rain pushing into the UK – with Northern Ireland and Wales among the worst affected areas[/caption]
Yellow weather warnings for wind and rain are in place until 3pm today[/caption]
Northern Ireland meanwhile is covered by a yellow rain warning, with the flooding of some homes and businesses “likely”.
Western Power Distribution said more than 1,700 properties had been left without power on its network on Saturday morning, with the majority of those affected in Wales.
Transport for Wales said storm damage on the Conwy Valley line meant buses were replacing trains between Llandudno Junction and Blaenau Ffestiniog.
The Llyn Peninsula saw the highest gust overnight when a gust of 82mph was clocked at Aberdaron.
Meanwhile a gust of 78mph was recorded at Pembrey Sands in Carmarthenshire and a 64mph gust was observed at the Needles off the Isle of Wight.
Forecasters said the highest winds were expected in exposed coastal areas, although gusts could reach up to 50mph as the storm moves inland.
Two flights from Shannon Airport to London Heathrow were cancelled.
Several airports across Ireland, including Cork Airport, advised holidaygoers to check their flight’s status before setting off later today.
Many areas will see wet and windy conditions on Saturday, although Scotland and South East England are expected to see better weather.
However temperatures are only expected to reach between 9C (48F) and 12C (53F) – much lower than the 26C (79F) heat seen over the Easter weekend.
Western parts could also see a touch of frost on Saturday night under clearer skies in Storm Hannah’s wake.
Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “We are seeing quite hefty bursts of rain moving across Northern Ireland and into Wales, with elsewhere a bit more showery in nature.
“There are also quite lively gusts of wind, certainly for the UK, between 70 to 80mph and the highest at Aberdaron of 82mph at around midnight.
“The winds will pick up through the morning across the rest of southern England as the low tracks its way eastwards.
“The most persistent rain will be across Northern Ireland and Wales, with some showery outbreaks across parts of northern England as well.”
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Storm Hannah barrelled into Ireland’s south-west on Friday.
Forecasters issued several weather warnings, including a red warning of “violent gusts”.
The highest recorded were at Mace Head in Galway, where 76mph was observed, while gusts reached 74mph at Shannon Airport.
ESB Networks said on Friday night that strong winds had caused damage to the electricity network affecting approximately 10,000 homes, farms and businesses, predominantly in counties Kerry and Cork.
Met Eireann said that “very windy” conditions would continue on Saturday morning before easing.
“Whilst the winds will abate, it will still be windy into the afternoon, with brisk northwest wind steering down a mix of sunny spells & scattered heavy showers,” the weather service tweeted.
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The stormy spell follows last weekend’s 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.
The previous record for England was 24C (75.2F) in Hampshire in 2011.
Tourism chiefs toasted a £3.5billion jackpot as Easter’s biggest-ever staycation weekend saw up to 14 million Brits holidaying in the UK.
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.
A huge band of heavy rain cuts across the UK on Saturday afternoon[/caption]
Gusts will hit the high 40s for many today, but they could reach 75mph for some coastal parts, the Met Office said[/caption]
This weather graphic for Saturday morning shows a huge band of rain from Storm Hannah smashing into the UK[/caption]
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