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Storm Kathleen will hit Britain this Saturday with 70mph winds

Britain will likely be hit by Storm Kathleen this Saturday which can carry harmful 70mph gusts, simply at some point after the remnants of Storm Olivia sweep over the nation.

Kathleen, which was named as we speak, is forecast to hit western areas of England, Wales and Scotland in addition to all of Northern Ireland from 8am till 10pm on Saturday.

The storm is the primary to be given a reputation by the Met Office or Irish company Met Éireann since Jocelyn on January 22 – however the eleventh of the 2023/24 season to this point.

Firstly, the UK faces blustery and showery climate tomorrow upon the arrival of an space of low stress named Olivia by the Portuguese climate service Ipma.

A second deeper space of low stress – named Kathleen by Met Éireann – will arrive on Saturday from the South West with ‘unseasonably windy’ climate and heavy rain.

However, the South East ought to keep away from the worst of it as very heat air is dragged in – with temperatures set to hit 21C (70F), which might be the very best of 2024 to this point.

Flooding additionally remained a significant danger for England as we speak – with 91 flood alerts and 11 warnings in place from the Environment Agency, largely in southern areas. 

STORM OLIVIA, FRIDAY - An area of low pressure named in Portugal reaches the UK tomorrow

STORM OLIVIA, FRIDAY – An space of low stress named in Portugal reaches the UK tomorrow

STORM KATHLEEN, SATURDAY - A deeper area of low pressure will arrive the following day

STORM KATHLEEN, SATURDAY – A deeper space of low stress will arrive the next day

STORM KATHLEEN, SATURDAY - Met Office wind warnings are in place for western areas

STORM KATHLEEN, SATURDAY – Met Office wind warnings are in place for western areas

The Environment Agency has 91 flood alerts (in amber) and 11 warnings (in red) for England

The Environment Agency has 91 flood alerts (in amber) and 11 warnings (in pink) for England 

Weather warnings have now been issued for snow, wind and rain, as stormy situations sweep throughout the UK this weekend.

Met Office storm names 2023/24 
NAME  DATE NAMED DATE OF IMPACT
Agnes 25 Sep 23   27-28 Sep 23
Babet 16 Oct 23 18-21 Oct 23
Ciarán 29 Oct 23 1-2 Nov 23
Debi 12 Nov 23 13 Nov 23
Elin 9 Dec 23 9 Dec 23
Fergus 9 Dec 23 10 Dec 23
Gerrit 26 Dec 23 27-28 Dec 23
Henk 2 Jan 24 2 Jan 24
Isha 19 Jan 24 21-22 Jan 24
Jocelyn 22 Jan 24 23-24 Jan 24
Kathleen 4 Apr 24 6 Apr 24
Lilian
Minnie
Nicholas
Olga
Piet
Regina
Stuart
Tamiko
Vincent
Walid

The Met Office stated snow and rain will hit a lot of central Scotland within the early hours of tomorrow morning, which is more likely to trigger journey disruption.

Yellow warnings are in place from 2am for rain and 3am for snow till 9am tomorrow.

On Saturday, nearly your entire west coast of England and Scotland and all of Northern Ireland will likely be hit by sturdy winds related to Storm Kathleen, which the Met Office stated might trigger a small danger of hazard to life and accidents.

The yellow warning is in place from 8am to 10pm tomorrow and likewise brings an opportunity of journey disruption, energy cuts and highway closures.

The wind warning states: ‘A deep space of low stress, will carry a spell of very windy climate to components of western Britain and Northern Ireland this weekend. 

‘Gusts of 50mph are anticipated fairly broadly on Saturday, whereas some uncovered spots, notably on the coast, will see 60 to 70mph gusts with giant waves additionally possible.’

Today will see heavy rain clear southern England by means of the morning adopted by sunny spells and scattered showers, whereas situations will likely be cloudier for Northern Ireland, northern England and Scotland with some hill snow within the Highlands.

Wet and windy climate will then transfer north and east tonight – after which clear eastwards by means of tomorrow, however lingering throughout components of the North.

Dark clouds in the distance on an otherwise sunny morning at Dunsden in Oxfordshire today

Dark clouds within the distance on an in any other case sunny morning at Dunsden in Oxfordshire as we speak

A woman walks under an umbrella at Maze Hill station in South East London this morning

A girl walks below an umbrella at Maze Hill station in South East London this morning

A van is driven through a large puddle today following rain in Greenwich, South East London

A van is pushed by means of a big puddle as we speak following rain in Greenwich, South East London

A wet morning at Maze Hill station in South East London today as commuters head to work

A moist morning at Maze Hill station in South East London as we speak as commuters head to work

Flooded woodlands at Dunsden in Oxfordshire this morning after a night of heavy rainfall

Flooded woodlands at Dunsden in Oxfordshire this morning after an evening of heavy rainfall

Warm sunshine will develop throughout England and Wales tomorrow, however with some showers. Rain will then clear to sunshine and showers on Saturday which can proceed on Sunday.

Met Office long-range UK climate forecast 

Here is the Met Office lengthy vary forecast for the remainder of April and up till the beginning of March: 

April 8 – 17

‘The ongoing unsettled spell of climate is more likely to proceed by means of to mid-April with little signal of any dramatic change. 

‘All areas can anticipate to see showers or longer spells of rain at instances, with western hills more likely to see the biggest rainfall totals. Likewise, additional windy spells are anticipated at instances. 

‘Whilst unsettled situations are most probably to prevail, there does seem like at the very least an opportunity of some areas having drier interludes, with excessive stress maybe making inroads from the southeast at instances. 

‘Such occurrences will most likely be short-lived nonetheless, with the best likelihood of those within the south in the course of the center of this era. Above common temperatures are most probably, albeit typically tempered by cloud, rain and occasional sturdy winds.’

April 18 – May 2

‘Through the second half of April and the start of May, there isn’t any sturdy sign for anyone climate sample to dominate over one other. 

‘As such, additional rain and showers are possible at instances, however there’s additionally an inexpensive likelihood of some drier and sunnier spells of climate.

‘Temperatures most probably close to or a bit of above regular for the interval as a complete.’

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Looking forward on the subsequent ten days, Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill stated: ‘There will likely be some moist climate round, could possibly be fairly heavy at instances, however there are additionally some indicators of one thing a bit of bit drier arising in a while.

‘For the time being although, low stress in management as we undergo the following few days, varied areas of low stress pushing their means throughout, bringing spells of moist climate and a few blustery situations too.

‘As we head in the direction of Friday although, we’ve an space of low stress pushing in the direction of us and this characteristic has really been named Storm Olivia by the Portuguese met service. It goes to carry some blustery, showery climate throughout components of the UK.

‘Nothing too extreme, however value noting that it has introduced some very unsettled climate to the Azores in the course of the center a part of the week.’

He added that Olivia will transfer over Britain earlier than a ‘deeper space of low stress’ arrives from the South West and comes near the UK by means of Saturday.

Mr Burkill continued: ‘Now it is fairly uncommon for us to get an space of low stress as deep as this so near the UK throughout this time of 12 months at this stage of April.

‘So it will be unseasonably windy and there will likely be some heavy rain round at instances notably throughout northern and western components.

‘But value noting that throughout components of the South East really we’re not going to see an enormous quantity of rain on Saturday and we’ll drag in some very heat air. So temperatures are actually going to rise – it is more likely to be the warmest day of the 12 months to this point.’

The warmest day of the 12 months to this point within the UK was recorded greater than two months in the past on January 28 when Achfary in Scotland received as much as 19.9C (67.8F).

On March 20, the temperature reached 18.8C (65.8F) at Charlwood in Surrey, which stays the very best to this point this 12 months for England.

The prime temperature for Saturday at present predicted by the Met Office is 20C (68F), though BBC climate presenter Simon King tweeted as we speak that some jap areas might get as excessive as 21C (70F).

He added: ‘Saturday more likely to be the warmest day of the 12 months to this point but it surely comes with some fairly windy situations.’

In its forecast for April 8 to 17, the Met Office stated the ‘ongoing unsettled spell of climate’ was more likely to proceed, with all areas set to see showers or longer spells of rain at instances.

However, the climate service added that there was ‘at the very least an opportunity of some areas having drier interludes, with excessive stress maybe making inroads from the South East at instances’.

The Met Office stated the best likelihood of the drier climate is within the South in the course of the center of this era, with above-average temperatures ‘most probably, albeit typically tempered by cloud, rain and occasional sturdy winds’.

Looking additional forward by means of the second half of April and the start of May, the Met Office stated there was ‘no sturdy sign for anyone climate sample to dominate over one other’.

It added: ‘As such, additional rain and showers are possible at instances, however there’s additionally an inexpensive likelihood of some drier and sunnier spells of climate. Temperatures most probably close to or a bit of above regular for the interval as a complete.’

It comes after Met Office figures revealed on Tuesday that England noticed a file quantity of rainfall within the 18 months to March.

People living in the south of the country were particularly drenched

Met Office knowledge reveals that total, the UK noticed 27 per cent extra rainfall than common final month, at 107.8mm, which is sufficient to rank because the thirty first wettest March for the entire nation 

Britain experienced 13% less sunshine than usual last month

Britain skilled 13 per cent much less sunshine than traditional final month, Met Office knowledge confirmed

March was a mild month across the UK, with the mean temperature for the month higher than average in all four nations. England provisionally had its seventh warmest March on record

March was a gentle month throughout the UK, with the imply temperature for the month greater than common in all 4 nations. England provisionally had its seventh warmest March on file

Some 1,695.9mm of rain fell from October 2022 to March 2024. This is the very best degree for any 18-month interval in England since comparable knowledge started in 1836.

It beats the earlier file of 1,680.2mm, which had been set solely the month earlier than and lined the 18 months from September 2022 to February 2024. The third highest determine on file, 1,668.4mm, was set within the 18 months to January 2021.

Last month noticed England expertise 62 per cent extra rainfall than a median March, although the whole for the month, 94.3mm, was not near file ranges, rating because the nineteenth wettest March for the nation since knowledge started.

Overall, the UK noticed 27 per cent extra rainfall than common final month, at 107.8mm, sufficient to rank because the thirty first wettest March for the entire nation.

For the UK as a complete, the 18 months to March 2024 ranks because the fourth wettest on file, with 2,085.6mm of rain falling.

The UK’s wettest 18-month interval was August 2019 to January 2021 (2,130.9mm).

A variety of counties in England noticed at the very least double the quantity of rainfall final month than is typical for March, together with Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire.

March was a gentle month throughout the UK, with the imply temperature for the month greater than common in all 4 nations.

England provisionally recorded its seventh warmest March on file, with a median temperature of seven.80C. Met Office knowledge on temperatures begins in 1884.