Storm Ciara is set to strike with a ‘ferocious Atlantic blast’ and is predicted to hit North Yorkshire and the rest of the UK.
The Met Office says the storm – currently developing in the North Atlantic – will bring strong winds and heavy rain across the whole of the UK during the weekend and into the start of next week.
Wind gusts will widely reach 50-60mph across many inland areas, and the strongest gusts in exposed locations could reach 80mph.
A yellow National Severe Weather warning for wind has been issued which currently covers the entire UK and is in force from 6pm on Saturday evening and all day Sunday until midnight.
Storm Ciara can be expected to bring a range of disruption which may affect some power supplies and transport services across many parts of the UK.
Neil Armstrong is a chief forecaster with the Met Office:
“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.
The Met Office will continue to monitor the development of Storm Ciara and other potentially impactful low-pressure systems through next week.
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.”