When will Storm Gareth hit and how bad will it be?

Will Metcalfe
Contributor
Waves batter Blackpool during Storm Freya. The Met Office has issued two yellow weather warnings as Storm Gareth is set to hit the UK on Tuesday. (PA)

Britain has been warned to brace itself for heavy rain and winds of up to 80mph as Storm Gareth hits our shores.

The storm, which follows last month’s Storm Freya, was named by the Irish Meteorological Service and will bring strong winds and heavy rain to the UK on Tuesday and into Wednesday.

Met Office forecasters have issued two yellow weather warnings for Tuesday and Wednesday following a bright start to the week on Monday.

On Tuesday up to 60mm has been forecast for the Cumbrian fells, with winds of 60mph hitting Northern Ireland from 3pm on Tuesday.

Wet weather is set to hit the UK as Storm Gareth brings winds of up to 80mph

By around 4pm on Tuesday gusts of up to 60mph are forecast to hit Northern Ireland, before moving across to mainland Britain.

As the evening progresses forecasters expect gusts of 70-75 mph along northern coasts, reaching up to 80 mph for a time.

Winds will ease gradually here through Wednesday morning and the yellow weather warning is expected to end at around 3pm.

During those yellow warning periods, there could be gusts of 60-70mph across Northern Ireland, while England could see winds of between 50-55mph and 60-65mph in coastal areas.

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Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Paul Gundersen, said: “The strong north-westerly winds will also affect southwest Scotland late on Tuesday, spreading across much of England and Wales through Wednesday. Gusts of 50-55 mph are likely inland and up to 65 mph along western coasts. Winds will gradually ease during the afternoon.”

In addition to the strong winds, Storm Gareth will bring some heavy rain for parts of the UK overnight Monday into Tuesday, particularly across northern England where a yellow warning for rain is in place from midnight tonight to midday tomorrow (Tuesday). 20-40 mm of rainfall is expected quite widely with 50-60 mm possible over higher ground in Cumbria.

During those yellow warning periods, there could be gusts of 60-70mph across Northern Ireland, while England could see winds of between 50-55mph and 60-65mph in coastal areas.

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