Wet and windy weather on the way as Storm Diana approaches

The area covered by the SEPA flood warning

The Met Office has warned of travel disruption as gusts of up to 60mph are expected.

The organisation says that a spell of wet and windy weather is expected for the region, with a small chance of very strong and disruptive winds.

"A yellow wind warning is in place on Wednesday until 3am on Thursday". The winds pickup across Britain through the day and after a good deal of fine, bright weather, cloud and rain spread in from the west.

Wednesday will be a wet, windy day, with gales possible, especially along coasts and hills, although some drier intervals are likely.

"On Wednesday storm Diana, which has been named by the Portuguese meteorological agency, will begin to cross the country from the southwest".

A statement issued by the Met Office explains: "A weather system will move northeastwards across the United Kingdom on Thursday bringing widespread strong winds".

High seas along the Clare coastline, including the Shannon Estuary, will bring a risk of coastal flooding.

Batten down the hatches because the country is set to be hit by a barrage of wind and rain rolling in from the Atlantic.

"Wind gusts of 60 miles per hour are expected, with a few, more exposed, locations seeing 70 miles per hour gusts". Winds will also turn west to southwesterly across Northern Ireland and western Scotland later, transferring the main focus for strong winds here, then finally to northern Scotland through the evening.

"Rain and the strongest winds will gradually retreat to the North East".

He said: "As one warm weather front clears another one moves in, and this deep area of low pressure for Wednesday bringing very wet and very windy weather".

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