Met Office issues three weather warnings as Storm Francis set to batter UK

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Brits have been told to brace themselves for fierce winds and rain as Storm Francis is set to batter the nation following three yellow weather warnings today.

Although the Met Office had issued yellow weather warnings for the north, new warnings have been issued for south-west Scotland and Newcastle.

This comes as Storm Francis is set to arrive today with ferocious winds and heavy rain.

Fresh yellow weather warnings are also in place across a huge part of the UK, from the midlands to the South coast and all of Wales for blustering winds reports ExpressOnline.

The warnings will last until 6am, Wednesday.

Chief meteorologist for the Met Andy Page, said: "The UK is in for another unseasonably wet and windy spell with Storm Francis arriving on Tuesday.

"There will be strong winds and heavy rain, especially in the west of the UK."

Nicola Maxey, also of the Met Office, added: "Since 2015 when we started naming storms, we have never had to name a storm in August – and now we've had two in a few days.

"There are a lot of people on holiday in the UK at the moment, going camping and on walking breaks, many in coastal locations where the winds are likely to be stronger, so it is worth checking on the Met Office website ahead of time."

Storm Francis is expected to make landfall today from the South West coast, bringing the second “unseasonable” storm in less than two weeks.

The South-East coast will suffer winds at speeds of 70mph throughout the day.

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Along with the horrendous wind speeds, it will be soaked by up to staggering 90mm of rain throughout the day and Wednesday,

Northern Ireland and South West Scotland are also set to see the worst of the rainfall, with between 60 to 90mm expected throughout today.

Most of England and Wales are also set for an unseasonable August day, with winds over 60mph seen by 3pm.

But by the afternoon, relief will come with some drier and brighter weather being seen across Southern and Eastern England.

Unfortunately for the North of England however, today is set to remain filled with heavy showers and blustering winds overnight.

Temperatures across the UK will stay cool, as Storm Francis brings a chill.

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London and the South East will again see the best of the temperatures, with 21C (69.8F) by 4pm.

In the areas hit worst by Storm Francis, the thermometer will read 17C (62.6F), but it will feel brisker at 11C (51.8F).

Wednesday will likely be a similar picture, but it will feel warmer for coastal regions as the storm moves through the UK.

The Met Office said Storm Francis is expected to clear by Wednesday lunchtime, after moving eastwards across the UK.

After it moves away, the weather will see a brighter and more settled outlook for the remainder of the day.

At 7am, the North East will still see some of the worst rainfall, at near 1mm per hour, but that will clear by midday

The Met Office added the bank holiday weekend will likely see a mixture of sunshine and some scattered showers across the country.

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