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A weather warning has been issued for 70mph winds as Tropical Storm Kyle is set to slam the UK and Ireland.
The Met Office has issued a two-day yellow severe wind warning for western parts until Thursday, as the stormy spell blows away the last renaments of the heatwave.
The strong winds are expected to cause some disruption to travel and power supplies on Thursday across west Wales, Cornwall, Plymouth, Northern Ireland and the west coast of Scotland.
The gales are also likely to bring damage to trees and wildlife, as well as debris on roads, given the time of year.
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The warning states: "Although there is some uncertainty in the track of the low, gusts of 65mph are possible inland, with 70mph or more possible around coasts and hills.
"Whilst winds may temporarily ease during Thursday morning, a band of heavy rain is likely to move east during Thursday afternoon and evening accompanied by some locally squally winds."
Met Office chief meteorologist Steve Ramsdale said: "Following the recent hot and thundery weather, we are seeing a significant change to very unsettled conditions for August with an unseasonal spell of strong winds associated with low-pressure centres for the second half of the week.
"Uncertainty remains high in the intensity of these systems at this point, but we are confident in the change to a spell of much windier weather."
He called it a very vigorous" weather system that has been created by the warm and moist air from a decayed tropical cyclone with normal North Atlantic air masses.
Some places could also experience bursts of 20-25mm of rainfall in just one hour or up to 50mm in a few hours, according to Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst.
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Temperatures are set to be much lower than the last 10 days, which have seen scorching 30C-plus heat in many places.
Although parts of East Anglia could still see highs of around 28C on Thursday.
A storm is set to bring the worst of severe and potentially damaging winds to parts of Ireland.
Met Eireann has upgraded its yellow weather warning for wind for all of Ireland to an orange one for Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Waterford as Storm Ellen may sweep northwards on Wednesday and Thursday.
Heavy rains are set to strike and a storm surge, spring tides and onshore winds may trigger coastal flooding.
The warning runs from Wednesday at 9pm through to Thursday at 12 noon.
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