Storm Barbara: Heavy rain and ‘potentially severe gales’ to smash UK – Met Office on alert

Storm Barbara will bring wet and windy weather to much of Europe this week, particularly parts of Portugal and Europe. The storm, which has been named by the Spanish national forecaster, is expected to bring some blustery spells to parts of the UK, though won’t cause any ‘major impacts’, the Met Office have said.

The UK is already under two weather warnings for rain, affecting parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland.

And while no further alerts have been issued by the forecaster, “there is still the potential for severe gales to affect the extreme south-east of England during this period”.

Britain could see winds and rain from the coming storm hit the south eats and central England on Wednesday, according to the latest forecast.

The Met Office says it is carefully monitoring the progress of the storm, as its development os “still relatively uncertain”.

Northern Ireland is currently under a yellow warning for rain until the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The warning indicates up to 30mm of rainfall is expected, “with some hills and mountains likely to see 40 to 60mm. There is a low risk that a few places, in particular the Mourne Mountains, could see as much as 80 mm or more.”

The other warning covers parts of Scotland, including the Central Belt.

The Met Office says: “There 50 to 75mm of rainfall is expected over hills and mountains. However, a few isolated spots, most likely in Argyll, could see as much as 75 to 100mm of rainfall.”

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