Storm Diana double cyclone to unleash flooding and gales

Storm Diana heads for Warrington with chance of 80mph winds. Pic credit

Storm Diana heads for Warrington with chance of 80mph winds. Pic credit

This is not Storm Diana yet.

Temperatures will be mild but the windy conditions and prolonged rain showers are expected to affect the majority of the UK.

Tomorrow morning Storm Diana will hit the county bringing increasingly strong wind, gusting up to gale force.

Another low pressure (1) to the north of this has brought today's wet blustery weather, that is now moving NE over Scotland and eastern England as the next (warm front) band of rain appears in the far south of the radar image.

"This will lead to a risk of flooding from surface water in the afternoon and evening of Wednesday and from watercourses from Wednesday evening into Thursday".

Hartlepool has been warned to batten down the hatches to prepare for the arrival of Storm Diana.

'We expect spells of wet and windy weather to sweep across the United Kingdom from the south west from Tuesday, although at the moment there is uncertainty around the timing and the focus for the heaviest rain and strong winds by Wednesday as Storm Diana approaches our shores'.

While most parts will be dry coastal showers are likely to continue overnight. Minimum temperature 7 °C.

The rain will turn heavy and persistent across the Pennines later, with temperatures reaching a maximum of 7°C. This will slowly lift and clear to reveal some brightness, however skies will soon cloud over again with outbreaks of heavy rain arriving through the afternoon.

The "be aware" warning is in place for some parts of the region for this Thursday, with people warned of a chance of "very strong and disruptive winds".

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday: Staying unsettled, with Thursday seeing another mild, wet and potentially very windy spell.

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