'Storm Doris' could batter Britain with 80mph winds

Storm heading towards UK at the end of the week

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'Storm Doris' could batter Britain with 80mph winds

Weather forecasters are warning that some parts of Britain will be battered by 80mph storms at the end of this week.

A yellow "be aware" severe weather warning for wind has been issued by the Met Office for many parts of the UK.

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According to the Telegraph, if this is upgraded to an amber warning, the weather system would be named Storm Doris.

Friday's warning for wind covers Wales, the West and East Midlands, east of England, south west England, and London and south east England.

The Met Office suggests that some coastal areas could see gales of up to 80mph, which would likely bring damage to trees and possibly buildings, and affect travel.

The warning reads: "There is still the potential for gales to affect southern parts of England and Wales on Friday. The most likely scenario is for gusts widely in the 50 to 60 mph bracket, which could affect travel and produce some minor damage.

"Gusts of 60 to 70 mph may still occur in southern counties, where there remains a small chance of 80 mph gusts in exposed coastal areas. If such winds were to happen, we would expect damage to trees and perhaps to buildings, possible disruption to power supplies, as well as delayed travel."

The general forecast for the UK from Friday to Sunday reads: "Further unsettled weather. Windy at times, particularly Friday with severe gales possible in the south. Outbreaks of rain and showers likely, though some brightness is possible too. Colder by Sunday."

The general forecast for the UK from Friday to Sunday reads:

And it looks like the windy, stormy weather is set to last into next week. A forecast for the UK from Sunday 5 February to Tuesday 14 February reads: "Unsettled conditions are expected to dominate through the weekend, with rain and strong winds expected for all.

"There will be some wintry showers over northern hills but the rain and showers will tend to clear eastwards across the country through Sunday, with temperatures near or above average for most areas.

"The unsettled theme is then likely to continue through the remainder of the period, with bands of persistent rain followed by brighter and showery conditions.

"The winds will be strong throughout, with gales possible at times, especially in the west in particular.

"Although temperatures will be largely mild, there is likely to be some colder spells bringing the risk of wintry showers, mainly in the north."

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