The UK’s week of miserable weather looks set to continue as it prepares to be struck by a country-wide storm for the second weekend in a row.
A host of yellow weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office from Thursday until Monday, which include the arrival of Storm Dennis this weekend.
Northern Ireland is covered by a warning of rain from midnight until 8am on Thursday morning, with forecasters saying this could bring transport disruption and flooding to some homes and businesses.
Another warning of snow has been issued for the north west of England from 2am to 11am on Thursday, which the Met Office said could again affect travel and cut off rural communities.
⚠️ We have issued a number of severe weather warnings for the weekend associated with #StormDennis
— Met Office (@metoffice) February 12, 2020
There is also a risk of blizzards over the high grounds of southern Scotland on Thursday morning which will push eastwards and clear away into the afternoon, the Met Office said.
Elsewhere, it will be windy with heavy showers across many parts of England and Wales, with some hail and thunder mixed in.
On Friday, a yellow alert is warning of rain and snow melt across southern Scotland from 9am to 5pm, that could affect roads and train and bus services.
Frost will have developed overnight, most severely in the north, with fog patches also arriving.
Wet and windy conditions in the north west will later on push south-eastwards across the whole country on Friday.
On Saturday, three warnings of wind and rain cover all of England, Wales and southern Scotland for most of the day.
There are still flood warnings in place and #StormDennis is on its way this weekend.
— Environment Agency (@EnvAgency) February 12, 2020
Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said Storm Dennis, the fourth named storm of the 2019-20 season, would bring severe gales and heavy rain that will push east across the country.
Saturday is expected to be “the most hazardous day”, he said.
“Whilst it’s going to be very windy, they do look like they will be a touch down to what we saw with Storm Ciara,” he added.
Wind speeds reached 97mph under Storm Ciara and Mr Burkill said gusts from Storm Dennis will hit 60 to 70mph in exposed spots.
Strong winds and heavy rain will still be present on Sunday, with the whole of the UK covered by yellow weather alerts.
Mr Burkill said: “The unsettled weather won’t subside massively any time soon”.
The weekend’s weather runs the risk of bringing further flooding to parts of the country, with the Environment Agency urging people “to stay safe and remain vigilant”.
It has also warned people against taking “dangerous” so-called storm selfies.