STORM Hannah will continue crashing into Britain today – with warnings for ferocious gales and torrential rain in place for much of the country.
Southern and Central England, Wales and Northern Ireland will all be blasted by brunt of Britain’s latest storm system.
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]
Gales are expected to hit a peak of 75mph – while typical wind speeds in the affected areas will still be a gusty 45-55mph.
Northern Ireland is expected to get the worst of the wet weather – with a yellow warning for rain in place.
More than an inch of rain is expected to fall within just hours – bringing the risk of flash floods and travel chaos.
The yellow warnings are in place until at least 3pm today.
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Frank Saunders, chief forecaster at the Met Office, said last night: “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.”
Temperatures in most parts are expected to plummet from the balmy highs enjoyed last weekend – with figures due to be below average for this time of year.
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
Thankfully, Storm Hannah is expected to clear by Sunday – when more settled weather sweeps in.
Those competing in and cheering on the London Marathon tomorrow are expected to escape the worst of the weather.
Brighter conditions are forecast before more rain returns on Monday.
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.
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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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