Weather warning as Storm Francis heads for Notts

Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts, as the UK’s sixth named storm of 2020 is just around the corner, according to Met Office reports.

A yellow weather warning has been issued for the whole of Nottinghamshire as well as many other parts of the country from Tuesday morning (August 25).

The weather system currently heading inbound has been named Storm Francis and from Monday night, it will be bringing wind gusts of between 60 and 70 mph.

In Nottinghamshire there is a warning for strong winds in place from 9am on Tuesday until 9am the following day.

There is also heavy rain forecast across the county throughout Tuesday morning, with some sunny spells and showers in the afternoon.

By Wednesday morning, the wet and windy weather looks like it will ease off.

Yellow weather warning for Nottinghamshire as Storm Francis hits UK.

The Met Office has said the winds from Storm Francis could lead to disruption to travel and power supplies along with “potential damage to trees”.

Drivers and pedestrians should be wary of flying debris, as well as damage to buildings such as roof tiles being blown off.

Journey times may be affected on public transport or on the roads if closures are put in place, particularly on bridges.

It follows a similar period of unseasonal weather towards the end of last week, coinciding with the arrival of Storm Ellen, which lead to fatalities – a girl aged 15 in Cardiff and a 50-year-old holidaymaker in West Cornwall.

Chief Meteorologist 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.”

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Nicola Maxey, press officer for 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.”

Forecasters said the winds were “unusual” for August, and might result in transport disruption and impacts on outdoor activities.

The rain is expected to be heaviest in Northern Ireland and south-west Scotland where up to 90mm in total could fall as the storm moves from west to east.

Storm Francis is expected to clear by Wednesday lunchtime, leaving a brighter and more settled outlook for the remainder of the day, the Met Office said.

No new storm is currently forecast this month, meaning the next storm will begin with “A” rather than “G”, as the storm-naming calendar resets on September 1.

The Met Office said the bank holiday weekend would likely be a mixture of sunshine and some scattered showers across the country.


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