Weather latest: TWO more bands of heavy rain heading for Yorkshire - and Hurricane Barney, too
Winds of up to 80mph could batter parts of the UK as the second storm strong enough to be given a name sweeps in this week - with Yorkshire warned to brace itself for TWO more deluges.
The Met Office said Storm Barney is set to bring gusts of up to 70mph inland and potentially 80mph along exposed coasts, particularly in Wales and through the Bristol Channel on Tuesday.
A yellow “be aware” warning for strong winds has been issued for parts of Wales, southern, central and eastern England for Tuesday afternoon and into the evening, as a series of low pressure systems move in from the Atlantic bringing unsettled weather.
In West Yorkshire the Met Office issued weather warnings for of two frontal systems running across the area from Tuesday, bringing further heavy rain, particularly over hills.
Overnight on Monday, more prolonged spells of rain are likely to arrive, especially across the Humber,
A further band of rain will follow on Wednesday afternoon.
There is also a weather warning for rain in the next few days centred on the north west of England and Wales, coming hard on the heels of torrential rain which saw rivers burst their banks and localised flooding affecting roads, farmland and train services.
The Met Office is warning that given the already saturated conditions, communities could see more floods from standing water or swollen rivers that could lead to travel disruption.
Storm Barney is the second storm to be named under the “name our storms” project by the Met Office and Met Eireann, which asked the public to suggest names.
Last week, Storm Abigail left more than 20,000 homes without power and schools closed in Shetland and the Western Isles as it swept across Britain.
The Highlands and Islands were worst hit by gusts of 84mph, while the rest of the UK experienced thundery showers as a result of Britain’s first named storm.
Meanwhile, north-west Scotland is facing severe gales on Monday, with a weather warning forecasting gusts of 65-75mph.
The Met Office said the strongest winds will initially develop across the Western Isles and north-west coast before extending into the Northern Isles during the evening, before they quickly ease on Tuesday.
There is due to be a change in the weather at the end of the week with colder air spreading from the north, bringing wintry showers to the northern UK, particularly over the hills.
On Wednesday in Yorkshire, the heaviest rain is expected over the high ground already saturated. Conditions will be compounded by a risk of local gales, particularly as the rain clears.
Temperatures are set to plummet toward the end of this week as winds turn northerly, bringing a mixture of sunshine and blustery showers. The showers could fall as snow over higher parts of northern England.
Neil Davies, Environment Agency flood risk duty manager, warned of the risk of flooding to already saturated ground: “Further heavy, persistent rain is expected into Monday and river levels remain extremely high and are continuing to rise in places.”