Storm Atiyah set to batter UK as Met Office issues warning

Storm-force winds are set to batter Britain this weekend with gusts of up to 70mph.

Met Office forecasters say an area of low pressure, named Storm Atiyah by Irish weather service Met Eireann, is expected to move from the west of the country across to the east late on Sunday going into Monday.

A yellow severe weather warning has been issued for the west coast of Wales and southwest of England.

The warning is from 3pm on Sunday and currently runs through to 9am on Monday.

Inland, winds are expected to reach 50-60mph and 70mph around the coast with large coastal waves expected.


Image: Storm Atiyah will bring strong winds from Sunday night

Western parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland are are also forecast to be hit with gusts of up to 57mph overnight.

Forecasters say the low-pressure is expected to move to the east coast of north England and Scotland in the early hours of Monday morning with gusts up to 55mph.

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Deputy chief meteorologist Tony Wardle said: "The UK is in for an unsettled period of weather with some very strong winds, especially along the west coast.

"Gusts of 50-60mph are expected quite widely inland, with up to 70mph gusts around some coastal locations.

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