Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Storm Diana warning for 70mph winds and heavy rain across Northern Ireland

Storm Diana warning for 70mph winds and heavy rain across Northern Ireland

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning covering North Wales as the area is threatened by severe downpours and powerful gales.

Met Office deputy chief meteorologist Dan Harris said: "It now looks very likely that we will see a major change in the UK's weather early in the week ahead".

With Storm Diane initially expected to skirt past the region up the west coast, an updated post on Wednesday night placed a Yellow Warning across the majority of Yorkshire.

Heavy winds are expected tomorrow.

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High seas are also expected, with a risk of coastal flooding.

Dundee and the local area has been placed under a flood alert as the country braces itself for Storm Diana.

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"Wind gusts of 60 miles per hour are expected, with a few, more exposed, locations seeing 70 miles per hour gusts".

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for wind in western parts of the United Kingdom, from Cornwall up the coast to the far north of Scotland, as wind gusts of up to 75mph are expected on Wednesday.

Storm Diana was named by the IPMA Portuguese weather service, and threatened the Azores archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday.

Powerful winds topping 85 km/h will blast all of Ireland as well as Scotland, Wales, southeast England and northern England during the day on Wednesday.

"Thursday will be wet and very windy again for most, though Northern Ireland and northern Scotland will be spared the worst of it". With that, there will be some heavy bursts of rain. But winds will ease from the south through the period until 2pm on Wednesday.

"Friday will see further showers with strong southwesterly winds gradually easing to a moderate southerly and the further outlook to the weekend indicates continued unsettled conditions with rain at times".

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