Storm Jorge NAMED: Met Office warning as 70mph winds and rain to hit UK THIS WEEKEND

The has issued a plethora of weather warnings for the coming days. Named by Spanish meteorological agency AEMET on Thursday, Storm Jorge is forecast to track across the northwest of the UK over the weekend - bringing another spell of strong winds and heavy rain. 

Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Paul Gundersen, said: “This weekend we’ll see another named Storm bring strong winds to parts of the UK with several wind and rain warnings in place.

“On Friday a band of rain associated with Storm Jorge will move across the UK - we have issued rain warnings for parts of Wales and northern England, where rain will be heaviest and we could see 60-80mm possible over the highest ground. 

"South-westerly winds will strengthen through Saturday morning and it’ll turn widely windy except for northern Scotland, with wind warnings in place for Northern Ireland, Wales, southern Scotland and much of England. 

"Where warnings are in place gusts of 50-60mph are likely quite widely with 65-70mph possible in coastal areas, however the strongest and most damaging winds are expected across the Republic of Ireland.”

On Saturday swathes of the UK are under a yellow wind warning from 12pm until 12pm on Sunday.

The Met Office warning reads: "A spell of strong winds is expected to move northeast across a large swathe of the UK through Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning."

The warning covers parts of the Midlands, southern England, Wales, northern England, southern Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Major cities affected by the warning include Birmingham, Cardiff, Newcastle upon Tyne, Belfast and Portsmouth.

What is the weather forecast for next week?

After Storm Jorge's departure, the UK is forecast to return to "slightly colder conditions".

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Dan Harris, said: "As Storm Jorge begins to weaken and clear later on Saturday we'll see a trend back to slightly colder conditions, with some snow over hills and mountains in the north of the UK and a mixture of rain and hail showers in the south. 

"Away from much of Scotland it'll remain blustery on Sunday, although not quite as windy as Saturday.

"The weather looks likely to remain rather cold and showery into next week and there's a chance of further wet and windy weather around the middle of the week, although confidence in details are low at this stage."

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