The UK will be hit with 80mph winds as well as heavy rain and snow over the weekend as Storm Malik rolls in from the North East with yellow and amber warnings.
Britons are being warned of “damaging wind gusts of up to 80mph” that could hit the UK along with heavy rain and snow as Storm Malik moves on.
The Met Office is forecasting a stormy picture for the weekend due to strong winds and rain, while it will also be cold with temperatures near freezing until Sunday morning and snow is expected in Scotland.
Yellow weather warnings are in effect across Scotland, northern England and parts of Northern Ireland for most of Saturday as Storm Malik moves in from the northeast bringing wind and rain.
But there is a more severe amber warning for the east of Scotland, where damaging wind gusts are likely to cause disruptions to road, rail, air and ferry services.
Power supplies and mobile phone coverage could also be affected.
The Weather Bureau warned: “Injury and danger to life could occur from flying debris, as well as large waves and beach material being thrown onto waterfronts, coastal roads and property.”
And Met Office forecaster Luke Miall said of the winds: ” Broadly 50 to 60, but we could see gusts to 60, 70 and even 80mph, especially to the northeast, so we have an amber warning in northeast Scotland, which are damaging wind gusts that could cause significant disruption.” .
He added: ” We also have this sequence of rains that brings very wet weather for a while.”
SP Energy Networks, the company responsible for electricity transmission in central and southern Scotland, issued safety advice on possible power outages.
The company said customers should keep a battery or wind-up torch on hand and keep mobile phones fully charged.
People should also watch out for downed power lines, he said.
Network Rail Scotland said it would introduce some speed restrictions for safety and would have additional staff equipped with chainsaws across the network to deal with fallen trees on the tracks.
Named by the Danish Meteorological Institute, Storm Malik is expected to bring gusts of up to 80 mph in coastal areas, but more widely than 60 mph, as it moves east toward Denmark.
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Paul Gunderson, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Impacts from Storm Malik will be strongest in Denmark on Sunday, but the storm’s track in the hours before means the UK will take an oblique hit as Malik moves towards the east on saturday.
“For those in the north of the UK, there will be strong winds and rain on Saturday, with showers possibly turning wintry in the northern highlands.
“The strongest winds are expected in exposed coastal areas in the north and east of Scotland, but it will be a blustery day for most.”
Further south, weekend weather will feature some gusty winds and some rain.
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The storm will also drive a cold front south, with temperatures dropping throughout Saturday and widespread frost expected to form across the UK overnight into Sunday.
More very strong winds are expected as another low pressure system moves through the northern areas on Sunday, with some snow possible in parts of Scotland.
“It is towards Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland that we will see increasingly windy weather starting to develop,” said Mr Miall.
“Some snow in the hills for Scotland, we’re keeping a close eye on it.”
A further yellow wind warning is in place for the north of the UK from 6pm Sunday to noon Monday.
UK forecast for the next 5 days
Very windy in Scotland and northern England with rain in the north west moving south and tapering off. Brighter skies followed by a few showers. Cloudy and mild over most of England and Wales with drizzle in the west. Clearer skies coming from the north during the afternoon.
Winds die down overnight with good clear spells leading to a widespread frost. Showers in the northeast slowly fading.
Cold and bright start for many but getting cloudier. Rain and strong winds developing in the north with very strong winds in the west and south of Scotland and some snow in the north of Scotland.
Outlook from Monday to Wednesday:
Very windy start of Monday, with rain clearing up to showers, these winter ones in the north. Mildest, though often stormy for Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Some persistent rain for the northwest.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.