Storm Barbara set to batter Merseyside over Christmas weekend

Storm Barbra has officially been named by the Met Office and is set to batter the UK and Merseyside over the Christmas weekend.

Merseyside has been warned to expect damaging gusts of up to 60mph while the north of Scotland expect winds of up to 90mph.

This is down to the positioning of the jet stream allowing an area of low pressure over the Atlantic, which will bring strong winds and heavy rain.

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The Met Office yellow weather warnings are in place from 9am 23rd December to 9am 24th December, so if you’re heading to see family over the Christmas break bare this in mind.

The Met office say: “A deep depression, now named Barbara, will move northeastwards across the Atlantic, passing close to the northwest of Scotland later Friday and overnight into Saturday.

“South to southwesterly winds will increase earliest across the west of the warning area early on Friday, before the strongest winds develop across western then northern Scotland later on Friday and overnight into Saturday.

“The last place to see winds easing is likely to be Shetland on Saturday morning”.

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