Met Office updates weather warnings as Storm Francis barrels towards NEW areas of UK

Met Office warnings for wind were previously in place as far north as Manchester as of Sunday. But today now sees fresh yellow warnings for rain in place for regions such as south-west Scotland and Newcastle, until 6am on Wednesday. A yellow warning for blustering winds has also been issued across a huge part of the UK, from the midlands to the South coast and all of Wales.

Chief Meteorologist Andy Page, said: “The UK is in for another unseasonably wet and windy spell with Storm Francis arriving on Tuesday.

“There will be strong winds and heavy rain, especially in the west of the UK.”

Nicola Maxey, also of the Met Office, added: “Since 2015 when we started naming storms, we have never had to name a storm in August – and now we’ve had two in a few days.

“There are a lot of people on holiday in the UK at the moment, going camping and on walking breaks, many in coastal locations where the winds are likely to be stronger, so it is worth checking on the Met Office website ahead of time.”

Storm Francis is expected to make landfall today from the South West coast, bringing the second “unseasonable” storm in less than two weeks.

The South East coast will suffer winds at speeds of 70mph throughout the day.

Along with the horrendous wind speeds, it will be soaked by up to staggering 90mm of rain throughout the day and Wednesday,

Northern Ireland and South West Scotland is also set to see the worst of the rainfall, with between 60 to 90mm expected throughout today.

Most of England and Wales are also set for an unseasonable August day, with winds over 60mph seen by 3pm.

But by the afternoon, relief will come with some drier and brighter weather being seen across Southern and Eastern England.

Unfortunately for the North of England however, today is set to remain filled with heavy showers and blustering winds overnight.

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Temperatures across the UK will stay cool, as Storm Francis brings a chill.

London and the South East will again see the best of the temperatures, with 21C (69.8F) by 4pm.

In the areas hit worst by Storm Francis the thermometer will read 17C (62.6F) , but it will feel more brisk at 11C (51.8F).

The same will be seen on Wednesday, but it will feel warmer for coastal regions as the storm moves through the UK.

The Met Office said Storm Francis is expected to clear by Wednesday lunchtime, after moving eastwards across the UK.

After it moves away, the weather will see a brighter and more settled outlook for the remainder of the day.

At 7am, the North East will still see some of the worst rainfall, at near 1mm per hour, but that will clear by midday

The Met Office added the bank holiday weekend will likely see a mixture of sunshine and some scattered showers across the country.

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