Met Office weather forecast Storm Erik to bring strong winds into the weekend

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Met Office weather forecast Storm Erik to bring strong winds into the weekend

Storm Erik is set to bring strong gusts and heavy rain to the UK, as the weekend gets off to a wet and windy start.

Exposed coasts of Northern Ireland could see gales of 70mph on Friday morning while heavy rain could lead to flooding in Scotland, the Met Office said.

The stormy weather will result in some ‘quite nasty travelling conditions’, meteorologist Sarah Kent warned.

Storm Erik will hit the British Isles throughout today and into tomorrow (Picture: Windy.com)

Workmen tidy fallen scaffolding at the junction of Pont Street and Chesham Place in Chelsea, west London, after gusts approaching 80mph hit England and Wales with weather warnings for further strong winds set to come into force for the weekend. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 7, 2019. See PA story WEATHER Wind. Photo credit should read: Clive Marshall/PA Wire

Scaffolding was blown over in Chelsea, west London, yesterday during heavy winds (Picture: PA)

The Met Office has issued two weather warnings for Friday for strong winds across Northern Ireland and western Scotland until the evening, and for heavy rain in Scotland right through until Saturday afternoon.

Elsewhere, the Welsh and Cornish coasts could see winds of 55mph, while along the coast of southern England gusts could reach 50mph, Ms Kent said.

She added: ‘It’s going to be a noticeably windy day everywhere today.

‘And that is going to be in association with outbreaks of heavy rain too, so there will be some quite nasty travelling conditions out there this morning.’

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Alamy Live News. RJKJ61 Preston, Lancashire. 7th February, 2019. UK Weather. Cold, wet and windy in the city centre with heavy rain and gale force winds forecast for the next 24 hours. Credit: MediaWorldImages/AlamyLiveNews This is an Alamy Live News image and may not be part of your current Alamy deal . If you are unsure, please contact our sales team to check.

A woman struggles with her umbrella in Preston as the town is hit with strong winds and rain (Picture: Alamy)

The Irish Met Office released this picture as Storm Erik approached the British Isles (Picture: Met Eireann)

While there is expected to be a lull in the fiercest winds on Friday evening, gusts will pick up again around midnight, when a warning for wind will cover Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and much of Northern England.

Winds are expected to ease off by Sunday.

Storm Erik was named by Irish forecaster Met Eireann on Thursday and overnight brought winds of 56mph to Cork.

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