Torrential rain – then 70mph winds as warnings in place for England, Wales and Northern Ireland as Britain braces for Storm Ellen

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A yellow weather warning has been issued for parts of England, Wales and Northern Ireland as Britain braces itself for Storm Ellen.

Wind speeds of up to 70mph are expected to batter southern parts of England and some parts of Wales and Northern Ireland as Storm Ellen sweeps across from the Atlantic on Wednesday evening.

The storm will follow torrential downpours which will sweep through Wales and most of England during the day on Wednesday.



Storm Ellen pictured sweeping across southern England and parts of Wales on Wednesday
Storm Ellen pictured sweeping across southern England and parts of Wales on Wednesday

Storm Ellen will continue its course across western parts of England throughout Thursday, bringing the possibility of heavy rain and a chance of thunderstorms with temperatures set to stay around 20 degrees or more in most parts.

The Met Office has warned wind speeds across coastal and higher areas of England, Wales and Northern Ireland could reach over 70mph.


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Inland areas are due to see wind speeds of between 65 and 75mph during the two days of Storm Ellen.

The Met Office has also warned of potential travel disruption for Wednesday night and Thursday with the high winds likely to cause some trees to fall.

The Republic of Ireland have issued an orange weather warning ahead of the arrival of Storm Ellen for coastal areas.

Storm Ellen is the fifth official storm of 2020. Ellen follows tropical cyclone, Storm Gavin, which hit the UK over the weekend and earlier this week, bringing heavy downpours and flooding to some parts.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Steve Ramsdale said ‘very unsettled’ conditions are predicted for the remainder of August following the unusual weather patterns of the last few weeks.



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