Britain is set to face snow, rain and potentially gale-force winds this week as Storm Barra moves across the Irish Sea. The Met Office has responde
Britain is set to face snow, rain and potentially gale-force winds this week as Storm Barra moves across the Irish Sea. The Met Office has responded to such conditions by issuing yellow weather warnings across the UK for snow and wind on Tuesday.
Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge told Express.co.uk: “There are some yellow warnings following the fact that the Irish Met Office [Met Eireann] has named Storm Barra for Tuesday.
“The worst of the weather will be across Ireland but the UK will also experience some very wet and windy weather through the day on Tuesday.”
According to the meteorologist, winds are expected to be around 40 to 50mph.
However, Mr Partridge added: “Around coastal areas, particularly the south and west coasts, we could see 60 or 70mph winds.”
Winds could even make temperatures, which are expected to be around 6 to 7C, feel “closer to freezing” following a so-called “wind chill effect”.
But some areas could also feel the winter chill on Monday night, with rural places dipping as low as -5C.
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The Met Office spokesman also warned winds could prove disruptive when combined with the snow and rain forecast for Tuesday.
“You’ll have very poor visibility with the blowing snow and we will also see the snow drifting so particularly rural roads will see it bank up on the sides of the roads,” he said.
“It could cause additional disruption to what it [the snow] otherwise would do.”
Following the warning about the “challenging conditions”, Mr Partridge advised workers: “If you can work from home, especially in this day and age, on Tuesday that’s probably the day not to go into the office.
“Try to avoid journeys if you can, plan ahead and keep up to date with local forecasts in your area.”
Snow is forecast to stretch from the Pennines to the Highlands of Scotland on Tuesday.
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He added: “I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a few more warnings or if the warnings that are out on Tuesday are extended into Wednesday because there are some very strong winds around.”
Looking ahead to the end of the week, the Met Office spokesman said: “Towards the end of the week things do quiet down a little bit so by the time we get to there winds are dropping off, temperatures start to recover a little bit as winds come round to a more southwesterly direction and then we are back to weather you expect at this time of year.
“The temperatures are going to be slightly below average and the strength of the winds will be a bit more than we expect at this time of year hence the naming of the storm.
“Thankfully, for most of the UK at least, it won’t be quite as impactful as Storm Arwen was.”
Monday could also see a “band of rain and hill snow” across parts of the north of England and Scotland in the morning.
However, this is expected to clear, leaving sunshine and blustery showers for the remainder of today.