Met Office yellow warning issued over Storm Diana – this is when it hits Birmingham

Met Office yellow warning issued over Storm Diana - this is when it hits Birmingham

UK weather forecast: Major change in weather this week as Storm Diana approaches

Gusts of between 60mph and 70mph are expected as soon as Wednesday as Storm Diana travels north from Portugal

Gale-force wind and heavy rain is set to herald a major change in the UKs weather as Storm Diana sweeps in from the Atlantic tomorrow, even posing a risk to life in some areas of the country.

We expect spells of wet and windy weather to sweep across the UK from the south west from Tuesday, although at the moment there is uncertainty around the timing and the focus for the heaviest rain and strong winds by Wednesday as Storm Diana approaches our shores.

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The recent cold and sunny spell seen by many is set to be blown away by flooding and gales, some severe, in the middle of the week.

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In response, the Met Office has issued several severe weather warnings across the UK, with strong winds and downpours expected across much of Wales, Northern Ireland, western England and Scotland. 

The Met Office has placed a yellow warning of rain across the area from noon until 11pm on Wednesday and another one for wind from noon on Wednesday until 2am on Thursday.

It added there was a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties in coastal areas such as Cornwall.

Dan Harris, deputy chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: It now looks very likely that we will see a major change in the UKs weather early in the week ahead.

Storm Diana, named by the IPMA Portuguese weather service, is currently threatening the Azores and is due to make itself felt mainly over western parts of the UK on Wednesday.

Storm Diana, named by the IPMA Portuguese weather service, is currently threatening the Azores and is due to make itself felt over western parts of the UK on Wednesday.

Dan Harris, deputy chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: It now looks very likely that we will see a major change in the UKs weather early in the week ahead.

Later in the day, gusts of 70mph-75 mph are expected to become more frequent across Shetland, where sustained wind speeds could reach 60 mph.

Gale-force wind and heavy rain is set to herald a major change in the UKs weather as Storm Diana sweeps in from the Atlantic tomorrow, with weather warnings in place for later this week

The calm before the storm: Fog nestles above the edges of Ullswater at daybreak this morning. The weather is set to take a turn for the worse later this week

Accumulations of up to 50mm (2in) are likely on high ground. This will come on top of rainfall on Tuesday, and melting snow.

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