Britain on storm alert with threat of widespread gales

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Met Eireann state "It will be unsettled through much of this week, with a spell of potentially disruptive winds later tomorrow, Tuesday, into Wednesday, especially in the northwest". 20-40 mm of rainfall is expected quite widely with 50-60 mm possible over higher ground in Cumbria.

The Met Office has extended its "danger to life" weather warning as the United Kingdom braces for Storm Gareth.

TuesdayBrightening up after a cloudy start tomorrow, Tuesday, with occasional showers, some of them heavy with a risk of hail and thunder.

"Some of the highest gusts then will be in coastal areas of southwest England where in some exposed spots gusts close to 65 miles per hour are possible".

As Storm Gareth moves away from the United Kingdom, the winds will ease and the rest of the week will remain unsettled with showers or spells of rain, and some brief drier interludes.

This afternoon will be windy, but the gusty westerly winds will gradually decrease.

Storm Gareth strongest gusts

On Saturday rain and hill snow will begin to clear and give way to heavy showers.

As well as strong winds, Gareth is also expected to bring heavy rain overnight on Monday and Tuesday.

Gales and snow caused disruption and battered parts of Britain as winds of up to 65mph swept through southern parts of England.

Yellow warnings have also been issued for strong winds on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

There are now three separate severe weather warnings put in place for Tuesday, including heavy rain in the North West of England, where flooding is likely.

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