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Storm Jorge To Bring Heavy Rain And 70MPH Winds To The UK This Weekend

Storm Jorge To Bring Heavy Rain And 70MPH Winds To The UK This Weekend

This week, we've seen snow, sunshine and rain - a *lot* of rain. But if you thought things might settle down for the weekend, you'd be sadly mistaken.

Say hello to Storm Jorge, who's bringing even more rain as well as 70mph winds over the next three days.

So far this month, we've faced Storm Ciara *and* Storm Dennis. And now Jorge has arrived, the Met Office has said we can expect heavy rain and strong winds from Friday.

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Which means a weekend of waterproofs, bad hair days and Netflix binge-sessions. It's also worth weighing down your wheelie bins because Jorge means business when it comes to the gale force winds.

From tomorrow, yellow weather warnings are in place for rain in the north west, Northern Ireland, throughout Wales and the south west of England.

Yellow weather warnings are in place (Credit: Met Office)
Yellow weather warnings are in place (Credit: Met Office)

By Saturday, the majority of the UK will be affected, with yellow weather warnings for rain remaining in the regions previously mentioned, while another yellow warning for gale force winds will be in place across much of the UK.

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On Sunday 1st March, the rain will subside, but yellow weather warnings for wind will remain across Britain.

Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Paul Gundersen, said: "This weekend we'll see another named Storm bring strong winds to parts of the UK with several wind and rain warnings in place.

Storm Dennis was only a couple of weeks ago (Credit: PA)
Storm Dennis was only a couple of weeks ago (Credit: PA)

"On Friday a band of rain associated with Storm Jorge will move across the UK - we have issued rain warnings for parts of Wales and northern England, where rain will be heaviest and we could see 60-80mm possible over the highest ground.

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"South-westerly winds will strengthen through Saturday morning and it'll turn widely windy except for northern Scotland, with wind warnings in place for Northern Ireland, Wales, southern Scotland and much of England.

"Where warnings are in place gusts of 50-60mph are likely quite widely with 65-70mph possible in coastal areas, however the strongest and most damaging winds are expected across the Republic of Ireland."

Snow has been covering areas of the UK today (Credit: PA)
Snow has been covering areas of the UK today (Credit: PA)

The Met Office warns that as rain is falling on already saturated ground, there is a risk of flooding.

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If you were wondering why the storm is named Jorge and not Ellen, the Met Office has explained: "Spanish meteorological service, part of the south west Europe storm naming group, named Storm Jorge on Thursday (27th).

"It is convention for all other national meteorological services to then use that name when referring to the low pressure. As such the system will not be named Ellen but will align with our European partners and be referred to as 'Jorge'.

"The fact that the system may have a different name than some expected should not influence their response."

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The storm comes after weeks of wild weather across Britain. Parts of the UK are already experiencing severe flooding and several areas of Britain woke up to snow this morning.

Even Londoners were in on the action, after the capital also saw a flurry of wintry weather.

You can keep an eye on the weather warnings over on the Met Office website. For now, we're making plans to do a whole lot of nothing this weekend.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Weather, News

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