UK weather forecast: 'Danger to life' warning as 80mph gales and heavy rain set to batter Britain

Megan White

Britain is set to be battered by 80mph gales and flooding on Friday as forecasters warn of “danger to life.”

The Met Office has warned of “very strong winds” that could cause flying debris, as well as large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and homes.

The extreme weather could cause disruption to road, rail, air and ferry services, with longer journey times and cancellations possible.

The worst of the conditions are expected to affect Scotland as well as parts of Northern Ireland, Wales and south-west England.

A yellow weather alert has been issued by the Met Office until midnight on Friday, with temperatures set to plummet to as low as -7°C.

Between two and five centimetres of rain are forecast over the next 24 hours in parts of the country.

Storm Diana battered the UK last week (PA)

A Met Office spokeswoman said: “Thursday will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain and drizzle, it’ll then turn drier and brighter in northwestern parts of the country this afternoon with a few showers. Mild and breezy.

“On Friday, a deep low pressure system will bring strong winds and blustery showers to much of the country.

“It’ll be very windy with gales across northern parts, stormy with heavy rain in northwest Scotland.

Heavy rain and strong winds are set to hit the UK on Friday (AFP/Getty Images)

“Into the weekend, there’ll be showers or longer spells of rain for some on Saturday, staying windy across the south.

“Winds will ease on Sunday and it’ll be mainly dry with isolated showers, bright spells for many and turning colder.”

Despite its strength, the storm has not been named and is unlikely to be, according to the forecaster.

The Met Office has forecast rain on Saturday, with wind in the south, before the weather turns colder on Sunday.

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