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Storm Atiyah on course to batter Britain this weekend

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The UK is set to be hit by the second named storm of the season this weekend.

Storm Atiyah is sweeping in from the west bringing gusts of up to 70mph.

Yellow weather warnings have been issued for Wales and the South West, while the Met Office warned that strong winds could bring dangerous conditions as they might bring down tree branches.

Forecaster Simon Partridge told Metro.co.uk: ‘South West Ireland will bear the brunt of the strongest winds. We have got a deepening low pressure system moving in through Saturday and into Sunday. Then the wind picks up across the whole of the UK.

‘We have a yellow warning stretching from Liverpool Bay to west Wales, the Isles of Scilly and Portsmouth from 3pm on Sunday to 9am on Monday.

‘We are expecting to sww 50-60mph winds quite widely in the warning areas. We could see 70mph in coastal areas.’

He said people travelling on Monday morning should be aware of the windy conditions, which could make driving hazardous. Ferry services from Wales to Ireland could also be disrupted.

However, the Met Office would not name the storm if it wasn’t already given a name by the Irish Meteorological Service.

They said the conditions will not be abnormal for this time of year, although very windy.

Mr Partridge added that as this is only the second named storm of the season, it has been a while since many trees will have felt this kind of pressure so there is quite a high risk of branches breaking.

#StormAtiyah has been named by @MetEireann#WeatherAware

Here’s a look at the details, and what it will mean for the UK weather 👇 pic.twitter.com/O19zK0Xf4B

— Met Office (@metoffice) December 6, 2019

He said: ‘The whole of the UK will have a windy day on Sunday and everybody will notice. But the worst winds will be in the west.

‘Saturday is generally dry and cloudy, but with some bright and sunny spells around.

‘Scotland will see rain moving in through the morning and into the afternoon. We see a band of rain moving across the whole of the UK on Saturday and Sunday.’

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