Storm Hannah Batters UK And Ireland With Heavy Rain And Strong Winds
After a lazy long weekend of sunbathing, BBQs and beer gardens last week over the balmy (also barmy for some, amirite?) bank holiday, Brits are now back in their winter coats and getting splashed by lorries driving through giant puddles.
Yep, now we've got strong winds, cooler temperatures and a whole lotta rain, and that's all thanks to Storm Hannah - the friendly name that's been given to an area of low pressure, which has brought heavy rain and strong winds to part of Britain and Ireland this weekend.
The Met Office issued a national severe weather warning for strong winds across Wales and southern England, with a yellow warning for heavy rain in Northern Ireland.
Met Éireann, the Irish Met Service, also issued a red wind alert (the highest alert in the Irish warning system) on Friday evening, due to wind gusts expected to reach 80 to 90mph in parts of southwest Ireland.
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- Met Office (@metoffice) April 26, 2019
Will Lang, a chief forecaster at the Met Office, said: "Storm Hannah will sweep in from the west during Friday evening and Saturday bringing strong north-westerly winds to Ireland and then parts of the UK; the strongest and most damaging winds will be felt across Ireland.
"We have issued a yellow wind warning for mainly southern parts of the UK where we're likely to see inland gusts of 45-55mph inland and stronger gusts of around 60-70mph in exposed coastal locations.
"Trees are coming into full leaf and many people will be on holiday, so the impacts of a late-April storm may differ subtly from one in mid-winter.
"We have also issued a yellow rain warning for Northern Ireland, where a band of heavy rain could bring 30 to 40mm of rain during Saturday morning, leading to some localised flooding."
While it seems like a distant memory now, last weekend the UK was treated to warm, sunny weather thanks to a large area of high pressure, which was shielding the nation from Atlantic weather systems.
However, as you know, all good things must come to an end - and that glorious area of high pressure has now broken down, which means Storm Hannah has been able to bowl over to the UK to batter us.
It's okay, though, as apparently ol' Hannah's going to move on very soon, meaning hopefully we can sink back into that lovely spring we were enjoying - by which we mean returning to the absolute bliss that is getting hammered in the back garden, of course.
Lang added: "We're going to see an unsettled period over the next few days, but the forecast for later next week indicates the return of high pressure, bringing more settled conditions.
"Storm Hannah will move away from the UK during Saturday followed by a transient ridge of high pressure bringing more settled weather to the UK for Sunday, good news for London Marathon runners."
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