Weather warnings in place as Storm Etienne brings heavy downpours and gales to the UK

Weather warnings in place as Storm Etienne brings heavy downpours and gales to the UK
Storm Etienne is bringing wet and windy weather conditions to the UK this week (Photo: Shutterstock)

Storm Etienne is bringing wet and windy weather conditions to the UK this week, with weather warnings currently in place.

Conditions have already taken a turn for the worse, bringing cooler temperatures, frosty conditions and heavy rain.

In a tweet from Monday (3 Dec), the Met Office said, “The Portuguese met service @ipma_pt have named an area of low pressure in the Atlantic, Storm Etienne.

“Whilst it is going to weaken before it reaches the UK, it will still bring some wet weather with hill snow for the highest ground of Wales and England.”

UK forecast

Today (5 Dec), “spells of heavy and persistent rain will spread from Wales and southwest England into the rest of England and also to southern Scotland, where some may turn briefly to hill snow,” according to the Met Office.

“Northern Scotland will stay dry, bright and cold.”

Tonight, “rain across eastern parts will soon clear, leaving a mild and damp night. Patchy fog and drizzle will persist over western hills. Further rain will arrive in the northwest later.

Thursday (6 Dec) looks set to be “cloudy, breezy and mild with persistent spells of rain or drizzle in the west. Sunny spells and showers are likely in parts of Scotland through the afternoon,” added the Met Office.

A weather warning for wind is currently in place for Friday (Photo: Shutterstock)
A weather warning for wind is currently in place for Friday (Photo: Shutterstock)

“Gales, in places severe, will develop on Friday with rain followed by frequent blustery showers. Saturday will be windy with sunshine and showers, clearing during Sunday as it turns colder.”

Current weather warnings

There are two Met Office yellow weather warnings currently in place across the UK.

A yellow weather warning for rain is currently in place until 12pm today for Wales, with another warning for wind in place from 3am to 11:59pm on Friday (7 Dec).

This wind warning covers Central, Tayside and Fife, Grampian, the Highlands and Eilean Siar, North East England, North West England, Northern Ireland, Orkney and Shetland, South West Scotland, the Lothians, the Borders, Strathclyde, Wales and Yorkshire and Humber.

The Met Office said, “A weather system will move eastwards across the north of the UK on Friday, bringing widespread gales.

“Inland gusts of 60 to 70 mph are possible across north Wales, northern England, Northern Ireland and all of Scotland, with gusts of 80 mph in exposed locations in northern Scotland.

“There remains some uncertainty in the track of this system and where the strongest winds will occur. Heavy rainfall may be an additional hazard across parts of northern and western Scotland.”

What to expect from a yellow weather warning

  • Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible
  • Some roads and bridges may close
  • There is a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs
  • There is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from flying debris, as well as large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties
  • Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services