UK weather: Storm Francis set to bring 70mph winds and heavy rain

Winds of 70mph and heavy rain are expected in the UK as forecasters warn of life-threatening conditions from Storm Francis.

The weather system is set to bring an “unseasonably” wet and windy spell from tonight until Wednesday, with severe warnings in place for large parts of the country.

The Met Office said there would be gusts of potentially 70mph (113kmh) in exposed western locations and winds reaching 60mph (96kmh) almost everywhere.

The rain is expected to be heaviest in Northern Ireland and southwest Scotland, where 60-90mm (2-4in) of rain could fall as the storm moves east.

The wind speeds are unusual for this time of the year and could bring extra disruption as trees are still in full leaf.

Andy Page, of the Met Office, 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.

“A number of severe weather warnings have been issued and these warnings can be updated regularly.”

A yellow warning for wind comes into place for most of England and Wales from 9am tomorrow.

It means there could be injuries and a danger to life from flying debris, damage to buildings and disruption to travel services.

Storm Francis is expected to clear the UK by Wednesday afternoon, leaving behind more settled and brighter conditions.

It comes just a few days after high winds from Storm Ellen battered the UK and Ireland.

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