Yellow Wind Warning ISSUED as Storm Antoni set to wreak havoc across the UK

Storm Antoni is expected to cause havoc over the UK in the next few hours, according to the Met Office, which has issued a yellow wind warning.

Gusts of up to 65 miles per hour could reach parts of the United Kingdom, posing a risk of injury and death.

Flying debris has been mentioned as a specific risk, although building damage, travel interruption, power outages, and coastal issues may also be prominent in afflicted locations.

The yellow wind warning issued by the UK’s national weather service covers huge swaths of the South West of England and portions of Wales between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday.

The Met Office said: “An area of low pressure, Storm Antoni, will bring unseasonably windy conditions to south and southwestern areas of England and Wales during Saturday.

“Strong winds are likely to affect Irish Sea coastal areas from early morning, pushing gradually south and east and spreading inland.

“By the afternoon English Channel coasts will also see some very windy conditions.

“Gusts of 35-40 mph are expected widely, with 50-55 mph along coastal stretches across the warning area.

“The strongest winds, however, will affect parts of southwest Wales and southwest England, where gusts could reach 50-55 mph inland for a time and perhaps 60-65 mph along exposed coastal areas and over high ground.

“Later in the afternoon and through the early evening, wind strengths will begin to slowly ease from the west.”

A separate rain warning has been issued covering a majority of Northern Ireland from midnight to 11am.

The Met Office said: “Storm Antoni is expected to bring unseasonably wet and windy conditions and may lead to some disruption on Saturday morning.”

It added: “Heavy and persistent rain will spread across Northern Ireland during Friday night before clearing from the west Saturday late morning and early afternoon.

“Widely, totals of 20-30mm of rain are possible with the heaviest and most persistent rain expected in the south, and perhaps also east of the country, affecting parts of County Down and Belfast.

“Here 40-60mm is possible in some places with perhaps as much as 20-30mm of this falling in 3 or 4 hours.

“Meanwhile, 70mm may fall over parts of the Mourne Mountains.

“In the south, wet weather will be accompanied by quite windy conditions, gusts of 40 to 45 mph possible in some coastal parts of County Down during the morning.”

Despite the hot weather over the weekend, Britons have been given renewed optimism of a late-summer heatwave.

According to prominent independent forecaster NetWeather, the temperature in much of the country could reach 30 degrees Celsius on August 12.

London is anticipated to have the highest temperatures, with temperatures reaching 28 degrees Celsius.

However, temperatures in other regions of southern England will range between 26 and 27 degrees Celsius.

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