The UK’s spell of calm weather has been brought to an end, after Storm Hector caused record breaking winds and widespread travel disruption.
The Met Office had issued a yellow weather warning to cover northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland as a result of the wind.
In Northern Ireland, a gust of 74mph wind broke the June record for a gust of wind in Ireland.
Fallen trees across Scotland and Northern Ireland caused travel problems, while ScotRail confirmed that ‘chainsaw gangs’ and overhead line teams are hard at work across the rail network in a bid to remove trees and branches that caused delays and cancellations to services.
In England, police have closed the Tees flyover to high-sided vehicles and the Shields Ferry across the Tyne was not operating.
And after record breaking winds hit Ireland, Nicky Maxey of the Met Office has warned that records could be broken in Scotland as Storm Hector crosses over from Ireland.
The storm has reportedly brought heavy rain to some aread of Cumbria with a staggering 3.2in (80mm) falling, and 5.1in (130mm) in the Isle of Skye over the past 24 hours.
In England, it’s believed that there will be blustery conditions but not necessarily the gusts first experienced in the north.
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The outlook for Saturday is similar, with the possibility of thunder while Sunday is expected to be the best day of the weekend, with bursts of sunshine.