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Storm Kathleen to Bring Strong Winds and Warm Temperatures to the UK



Storm Kathleen is set to hit the UK this weekend, bringing with it strong winds and gales across various regions. Named by Met Éireann, the Irish met service, the storm is expected to have a more significant impact in the Republic of Ireland.

The effects of Storm Kathleen will be felt from Saturday onwards, particularly in Northern Ireland, southern Scotland, and western parts of England and Wales.

According to the Met Office, wind gusts of up to 50mph (80km/h) are anticipated widely, with exposed coastal areas likely to experience even stronger gusts of up to 70mph (113km/h). Large waves are also expected to accompany the storm.

As the Easter school holidays continue, the strong winds may disrupt travel plans, leading to delays or cancellations of ferries, bridge restrictions, and potential road disruptions.

With an amber weather warning in place from 08:00 to 22:00 on Saturday, there is a heightened risk of power cuts and longer journey times. The UK is advised to brace for possible minor flooding due to heavy rain overnight on Friday.

Despite the disruptive weather conditions, the weekend could see a surprising rise in temperatures, possibly making Saturday the warmest day of the year so far. Southern and eastern parts of England may experience temperatures reaching 20 to 21 degrees Celsius, while the north and west could see temperatures of 13 to 16 degrees Celsius.

Storm Kathleen marks the 11th named storm of the 2023-24 season, making it one of the most active storm periods since naming began in 2015. The unusual occurrence of a spring storm in April is a rare phenomenon, with Storm Hannah being the only other UK named storm in April since 2015.

After a wet winter and above-average March rainfall in regions like southern England, the Midlands, and south Wales, the saturated ground poses a risk for further flooding. Stay updated on the weather forecast through various platforms to stay informed and prepared for any weather-related disruptions.

Rachel Adams

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