Storm Erik Brings Wet And Windy Weather

Cheryl Sanders
February 10, 2019

Next week shows a calmer outlook, with sunny spells, a light breeze and temperatures rising as the week progresses.

Shoppers fearless the strong winds and rain near St Paul's cathedral in central London.

The unsettled weather is expected to remain in parts of the United Kingdom over the weekend, with Northern Ireland and Scotland set to experience more strong winds and rainfall on Saturday.

Coastal areas in Galway, Mayo and Donegal are at risk of flooding, with gusts of 130km/h expected as Storm Erik hits Ireland today.

The heavy rain will then edge into Wales and the north-east England overnight, and there could even be a chance of snow in high areas in the south overnight.

There will also be further wintry showers across the Northern Isles and into the far north of Scotland.

Meteorologist Simon Partridge from the Met Office, said: 'A bit of a mixed bag this Sunday morning. Meanwhile, in the north it's going to be a fairly bright day.

'Through the evening period it starts to edge its way into parts of north-west Wales and north-west England.

The strongest winds were likely to be on exposed coasts.

In Wales a falling tree collided with a van, killing the driver.

The Met Office has put a weather warning for wind in place covering most of the United Kingdom, with strong winds expecting in the south of Scotland, much of England, and Northern Ireland.

BBC News NI weather presenter Cecilia Daly said that Erik was the sixth named storm of the season.

Met Éireann said: "Increasingly windy overnight, with south to southwest winds increasing strong to gale force and gusty by morning".

A separate yellow warning for heavy rain is also in effect for much of the country until the same time.

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