Storm Hannah – Met Office warns Britain will be battered with strong gales and hail
STORM Hannah is set to batter Britain with 70mph gales and hail this weekend as hail and gusts blast through the country.
Forecasters named the latest weather front this morning as warnings for severe winds were issued for the coming days.
The Met Office's warning for heavy gales runs from 9pm tomorrow night until 3pm Saturday across parts of south Wales, south and southwest England.
Delays to travel by road, rail, air and ferry are "likely", with bus and train services also affected.
Grahame Madge from the Met Office warned: "We're expecting gusts of between 60-7omph in parts of South Wales and the south coast where places face in the direction of the storm.
"Inland gusts are more likely to be between 45-50mph, which could bring hazards.
"Trees are in leaf at this time of the year, making them more vulnerable to falling.
"People should also be aware of boating on strong waves on the coast."
'WET AND VERY WINDY'
Today rain will push northwards with scattered, heavy and thundery showers following across England and Wales.
Brits may feel some warm sunshine in the southeast of England and northern Scotland, but it will become breezy and feel generally fresher.
The windy rain will ease tonight before returning with a vengeance tomorrow, as forecasters predict a "wet and very windy" blast in the southwest.
Scotland is likely to see some of the worst of the gales, with up to 60mph forecast in parts, as a band of cloud and rain moving east could also lead to "heavy thundery showers" in the east.
Strong winds are expected to hit Ireland over the weekend, with the Met Office's equivalent in Ireland, Met Eireann, choosing to name the weather system Storm Hannah.
We're expecting gusts of between 60-70mph in parts of South Wales and the south coast in the direction of the storm. Inland gusts are more likely to be between 45-50mph, which could also bring hazards
By Saturday, Britain will continue to see spells of rain and gales, especially in the south.
One graphic by Ventusky predicts wind speeds reaching 71mph at the outer western edges of Wales and southwestern England.
Sunday is currently set for brighter skies, though showers are "still possible", and will be followed by further rain driving in on Monday.
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Mr Madge said the front was caused by an area of low pressure sweeping in from the Atlantic.
"In the last few weeks we've had an area pressure of low pressure over Scandinavia, but by next week the area of high pressure should build back up again, leading to more settled conditions."
Those competing in and cheering on the London Marathon on Sunday are expected to escape the worst of the weather, with brighter conditions forecast before rain returns on Monday.
The stormy spell follows a weekend of scorching sunshine, with England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland each enjoying their warmest Easter Monday on record.
England smashed its previous record of 24C in 2011 as the mercury rose to 25C – 9C hotter than Majorca.
Scotland climbed to 23.6C – while in Wales it was 23.5C and Northern Ireland saw temperatures reach 21.4C.
The previous record for England was 24C (75.2F) in Hampshire in 2011.
Tourism chiefs toasted a £3.5billion jackpot as Easter's biggest-ever staycation weekend saw up to 14 million Brits holidaying in the UK.
The heatwave saw up to 7m more last-minute trippers join the 7.4m who had already planned trips, with up to £3.5billion set to be spent, VisitEngland data showed.
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