Met Office names first storm of the season as storm Abigail is set to hit UK

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Storm Abigail will hit north of the UK on Thursday

The Met Office has named the first storm of the season.

Storm Abigail which will bring strong winds across the far north of the UK on Thursday evening into Friday, has the potential to cause some disruption as a deep low pressure system crosses to the north of the UK.

The northwest and north of Scotland are likely to see severe southwesterly gales later on Thursday with gusts up to 80 mph likely.

READ MORE: Multiple low pressure systems will bring a wet & windy week of weather to Merseyside

Although the warning areas are for the North of the UK, as the storm passes, Merseyside could be impacted by its strong winds on Friday.

Winds of over 45mph could be expected at coastal or exposed areas according to the Met Office’s website, which could cause rough sea conditions and the possibility of some travel disruption across the region.

Choppy seas at New Brighton

Choppy seas at New Brighton

Eddy Carroll, Chief Meteorologist said: “There remains some uncertainty regarding the exact extent and timing of strongest winds but current forecasts suggest that this storm could have some medium impacts such as disruption to transport and so a warning has been issued and the first storm has been named as Abigail.”

The news of storm Abigail comes just as Merseyside was hit by strong winds and heavy rain on Monday, although there was much confusion among the press that storm Abigail hit the UK on the same day.

The Met Office confirmed for us that they had not named any storms until Tuesday.

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