Storm Doris: Will it ruin your weekend?

Wet and windy weather will spread southwards on Saturday


Storm Doris has left a trail of ice, wintry showers and a big plunge in temperatures after yesterday's wild weather.

But wet unsettled weather is expected to continue over the weekend.

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The Met Office has recorded temperatures drops of 7C or 8C in the south of the country this morning as the wild winds of yesterday eased and Storm Doris headed for continental Europe.

In London, temperatures were sitting at 2.4C at Kew Gardens in the southwest of the capital after recording 10.3C.

However, the plunge was less the further north you went - in Scotland temperatures remained around 0C like yesterday.

Giant waves at Porthcawl from Storm Doris

The outlook comes after a woman was killed yesterday after being struck by flying debris and a girl was left with life-threatening injuries as Storm Doris brought winds of up to 94mph to the UK.

The girl, who was among multiple people seriously injured, was taken to hospital after a school sports hall ceiling collapsed as gales battered Britain.

The 29-year-old woman died after suffering head injuries when she was struck by "wooden debris" while walking past a Starbucks cafe in Wolverhampton city centre.


Today has seen a cold and bright start with patchy frost and the risk of ice.

England and Wales will remain fine and cold with lighter winds, but across western Scotland and Northern Ireland it will become wet and windy.

Met Office weather forecaster Alex Burkill told The Mirror: "Generally today is going to be a 'chillier' day as the winds will be lighter and there will be more sunshine.

"So it will probably feel more pleasant than yesterday even if temperatures are down.

Will Storm Doris ruin the weekend?

This morning's temperatures

But rain and strong winds are expected to arrive from the northwest tonight and into tomorrow.

Wet and windy weather will spread southwards on Saturday, including persistent rain on western upslopes of England and Wales.

Sunday was expected to be bright but still with some rain.

Little rain will reach the east and the north-west will turn drier.


Outer winds of Storm Doris create spectacular scenes at Newhaven, East Sussex, yesterday


Aberporth, West Wales, yesterday

On Sunday and Monday, the outlook is still unsettled with spells of wet and windy weather for many.

It will turn colder next week with sunshine and blustery showers.

Mr Burkill said: "Storm Doris has cleared away and is now over mainland Europe."

"But Saturday you are likely to see some unsettled weather."


Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales, yesterday


Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales, yesterday

The coffee giant has said it is "shocked and saddened by the terrible incident", which happened at around midday.

Rebecca Davis, a 40-year-old teacher from the city, said she saw a piece of debris as "about the size of a coffee table" fly through the air.

West Midlands Police are working with Wolverhampton Council to establish what happened.

"The lady's family have been informed and are being supported at this tragic time," a force spokeswoman added.

Will Storm Doris ruin the weekend?
This morning's weather

Two other people were also left with head injuries.

A man was left in a "serious condition" in a central London hospital, following reports of "debris falling from the roof of a building" by Victoria Station at around 3pm, the Metropolitan Police said.

In Stoke-on-Trent a woman in her 60s was taken to hospital for a "serious head injury" after being hit by a carport roof.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) said it was called to a property in Hartshill Road shortly before 2.15pm.


West Wittering Beach, West Sussex, yesterday

A spokesman said: "Crews were told the roof fell down and hit the woman, which subsequently caused her to collide with a wall."

WMAS said she was also treated for injuries to her face, hand and chest before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further care.

Meanwhile, Thames Valley Police and Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service were investigating whether the collapse at Southwood Middle School in Conniburrow, Milton Keynes, was due to the storm.

The top wind speed of 94mph was recorded in Capel Curig, north Wales, on Thursday morning.

The weather system which brought gales, snow and rain to much of the UK, caused travel disruption on the roads and rail network, brought down trees, grounded planes, and toppled large vehicles.

Network Rail advised "Storm Doris has caused significant disruption throughout the country", with an enforced speed limit on some lines.


A large tree falls on a bus shelter during storm Doris in High Wycombe

With fallen trees, objects caught in overhead wires, flooding and debris on the tracks causing delays across many services, a spokesman said employees are "doing all we can to keep the network running".

Flights were also affected, with a Heathrow spokesman warning of a "10% reduction" in the airport's schedule.

Highways England also issued a weather alert on major roads.

A number of carriageways were closed as Doris lashed Britain, including the M6 Thelwall Viaduct in both directions between junctions 20 and 21 in the North West and the QE2 Bridge in Dartford, Kent.

In Scotland snowfall saw the M80 closed in both directions, as well as schools shut and some ferry services cancelled.

In Ireland almost 46,000 households woke up to no electricity after violent gusts battered large swathes of the country throughout the night.

Winter weather around the world

Winter weather around the world