Storm Fionn: Where will huge weather bomb hit in UK? Met Office wind warning issued
Atlantic systems could give rise to Storm Fionn this week as strong winds are expected to affect parts of the UK during Wednesday night and into Thursday.
Gusts strong enough to damage buildings with flying debris threatening “danger to life” are expected to transfer eastwards amid near nation-wide weather warnings through the UK.
Winds will pick up across the south into Tuesday before a more brutal and widespread attack tomorrow on Wednesday.
The powerful storm system will strengthen through “explosive cyclogenesis” as it crosses Britain unleashing a violent “weather bomb”.
The term is used when the central pressure of a storm drops by more than 24 millibars in 24 hours as it crosses the country.
While the Met Office has not yet issued any names its experts are “keeping an eye” on the worsening situation – with ‘Storm Fionn’ expecetd to become the sixth named storm of the 2017/18 winter season.
Where will Storm Fionn hit?
A weather alert for strong winds is in place across the whole of England from Wednesday evening and through Thursday morning.
But northern and eastern England along with southern Scotland currently look more at risk from the fierce gales.
The Met Office has also issued severe weather warnings for snow and ice across Scotland and northern England over the next two days.
A Met Office statement read: “During Wednesday night and into Thursday there is the potential for gusts of 60-70 mph quite widely and a small chance of winds reaching 80 mph in places.
“The location of the most damaging winds is currently uncertain, although parts of northern and eastern England along with southern Scotland currently look more at risk.
“Along with the strong winds a spell of heavy rain can also be expected, which could also be combined with a temporary thaw of lying snow in the north.”
Road, rail and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations as experts recommended people stay indoors and only make absolutely essential journeys
There is also a possibility that some bridges may close and power cuts could occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.
And large waves are expected to affect some western coasts with beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.
Stormy conditions will clash with bitter polar air poised to engulf the nation bringing drifting snow and blizzards.
Temperatures will plummet to -6C (21.2F) overnight in parts with daytime highs struggling to rise above single figures.
Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said: “Stormy conditions will bring strong winds and showers this week with a change to a polar airflow signalling colder conditions.
“The first system will affect the southwest on Tuesday night before a deep area of low pressure brings further unsettled weather on Wednesday night.
“We expect some very strong winds associated with both systems and we will keeping an eye on the weather through the week as these develop.
“Wednesday’s low will deepen rapidly by explosive cyclogenesis bringing gales and gusts of 60 to 70mph across northern England and Wales with 80mph gusts possible in exposed spots.
“It will be blustery widely across the country.”