The Met Office is preparing to announce the potential arrival of Storm Dudley in the UK as forecasters predict gusts of up to 90mph will batter the country. Despite not being officially announced as a storm yet, should the weather pattern continue, it will be upgraded and named.
A yellow weather warning has already been placed on Northern England and Scotland for severe winds. Bristol, on the other hand, is currently outside of the yellow warning zone.
However, despite not being within the weather warning, Bristol can still expect some drastic weather this week. Gusts of up to 48mph are expected in the city with further rainfall also predicted.
Meteorologists are warning that this new storm due to arrive in the UK on Wednesday could pose a ‘danger to life’ in some areas. Met Office forecaster Tom Morgan told The Mirror that: “Wind will be the primary cause for concern next week.”
“It’s still a way away, hence why we have only issued a yellow weather warning. There is the potential for us to issue an amber warning and for it to become a named storm.
“We haven’t named it today as it is 72 hours away or more. But if we have more confidence this time tomorrow we may. It would be named Storm Dudley. It will bring damaging winds and cause disruption to power networks, ferry crossings and travel.
“Widespread disruption is likely. Gusts of 90mph are possible in the hills of Scotland but if we see 70mph gusts in Edinburgh and Glasgow it can cause more disruption.”
The weather warning for wind is in place from 6pm on Wednesday until 6pm on Thursday. However, in Bristol, 40mph and above gusts can be expected all on Wednesday afternoon and into Thursday.
There is also further rainfall expected within the city throughout the week. Up to 30 hours of rainfall could arrive in Bristol across Tuesday, February 15 and Wednesday, February 16.
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