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Storm Malik: Weather Warnings Issued As 80mph Winds Set To Batter Britain

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Storm Malik: Weather Warnings Issued As 80mph Winds Set To Batter Britain
Storm Malik: Weather Warnings Issued As 80mph Winds Set To Batter Britain (Alamy)

Storm Malik is set to hit the UK this weekend with some areas potentially experiencing gusts of up to 80mph.

A yellow weather warning is in place across Scotland, Northern Ireland and in the north of England for most of Saturday, January 29.

An amber warning is in place for parts of eastern Scotland, with the strongest winds expected in the morning.

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Windy seas (Alamy)
Windy seas (Alamy)

According to the Met Office, people in the amber warning areas may experience power cuts, road and rail disruptions.

Speaking of the storm, Met Office chief meteorologist Paul Gunderson told BBC News, 'For those in the north of the UK there will be high winds and rain on Saturday, with showers possibly turning wintry in the high ground of the north.'

For the south, the weekend is expected to feature blustery wind and a chance of rain.

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Storm Malik was named by the Danish Meteorological Institute, with winds ranging from 60mph to 80mph in costal areas.

The storm is passing through the UK prompting yellow and amber weather warning on its way to Denmark, where the Met Office has said it will make its biggest impact.

Rain on roads (Alamy)
Rain on roads (Alamy)

According to the Met Office, a yellow weather warning is defined as 'a range' of weather situations. 'Many are issued when it is likely that the weather will cause some low level impacts, including some disruption to travel in a few places,' it said.

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While an amber warning is in place for the 'increased likelihood of impacts from severe weather, which could potentially disrupt your plans. This means there is the possibility of travel delays, road and rail closures, power cuts and the potential risk to life and property.'

Tomasz Schafernaker, a BBC weather presenter, said storm Malik should simmer down by Saturday evening, but that another storm will soon be underway.

Lighthouse hit by strong waves (Alamy)
Lighthouse hit by strong waves (Alamy)

He said: 'By Saturday evening things will be dying down but there's another storm hot on its heels on Sunday with a very similar level of intensity.'

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However, he was quick to add that Sunday's storm won't be quite so intense. Schafernaker said, 'The warning is actually of a lower level for the following day – that's because the storm is still a couple of days away so there's still some uncertainty.'

Sunday's storm is set to hit Scotland, Northern Ireland, along with northern and eastern England, for which a yellow weather warning is in place until Monday, January 31.


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Shola Lee

Shola Lee began her journalism career while studying for her undergraduate degree at Queen Mary, University of London and Columbia University in New York. She has written for the Columbia Spectator, QM Global Bloggers, CUB Magazine, UniDays, and Warner Brothers' Wizarding World Digital. Recently, Shola took part in the 2021 BAFTA Crew and BBC New Creatives programme before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news, trending stories, and features.

Topics: News, Weather, UK News