Storm Ali set to batter the UK with strong winds and rain

Storm Ali set to batter the UK with strong winds and rain
Storm Ali is now set to batter Northern Ireland, Scotland, northern England and parts of north Wales with very strong wind tomorrow (Photo: Shutterstock)

The past couple of weeks have seen a rise in wet and windy weather conditions, as remnants from Storm Helene and other Atlantic conditions have impacted on the UK.

However, ‘Storm Ali’ is now set to batter Northern Ireland, Scotland, northern England and parts of north Wales with very strong winds tomorrow (Wednesday 19 September).

Winds up to 80 mph predicted

Storm Ali is the first storm to be named by the Met Office and Met Éireann this season, with both yellow and amber weather warnings now in place over the next two days.

Gusts of 65-75mph are expected across the warning areas. Gusts of up to around 80mph could also be possible in exposed locations, such as coastal regions and high ground.

Chief forecaster for the Met Office, Laura Paterson said: “Storm Ali is expected to bring a spell of very strong winds to northern parts of the UK through Wednesday, particularly Northern Ireland, central and southern Scotland and the far northwest of England.

“As this is the first spell of very strong winds of the season, and given that most trees are still in full leaf, we are likely to see some dangerous conditions with falling trees and flying branches and other debris likely. Strong winds will be accompanied by heavy, squally showers.”

There is also a yellow weather warning of rain in place for Thursday from 4am to 10pm, including North East England, North West England, Wales, Yorkshire & Humber (Photo: Shutterstock)
There is also a yellow weather warning of rain in place for Thursday from 4am to 10pm, including North East England, North West England, Wales, Yorkshire & Humber (Photo: Shutterstock)

Weather warnings

An amber warning of wind is now in place from 8am to 5pm on Wednesday for Central, Tayside & Fife, Grampian, North East England, North West England, Northern Ireland, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders and Strathclyde.

A yellow warning of wind is also in place from 6am to 10pm on Wednesday for Central, Tayside & Fife, Grampian, Highlands & Eilean Siar, North East England, North West England, Northern Ireland, Orkney & Shetland, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, Strathclyde, Wales, Yorkshire & Humber.

There is also a yellow weather warning of rain in place for Thursday from 4am to 10pm, including North East England, North West England, Wales, Yorkshire & Humber.

These winds are set to gradually ease later on Wednesday, firstly across Northern Ireland, northwest Wales and northern England, and then across Scotland.

What about later in the week?

The outlook for the remainder of the week remains unsettled with further strong winds and heavy rain expected across most parts of the UK.

Another spell of wet and windy weather is also possible over the weekend, with quieter conditions currently expected to follow for next week.