Everything you need to know about storm Diana hitting Merseyside

The Portuguese Met Service has named storm Diana, which is due to impact the UK this week.

The Met Office has warned Merseyside to expect very strong winds and heavy rain as the deep area of low pressure approaches.

Impacts

Gusts of 70 mph are forecast for much of the UK, with the strongest winds expected across Northern Ireland.

On Merseyside winds are forecast to be gusting at around 40-50 mph with heavy rain.

This could lead to very large waves at our coasts and very gusty winds in any exposed locations.

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When?

A severe weather warning for strong winds has been issued for Merseyside.

The strongest winds are expected through Wednesday and although it will still be gusty on Thursday, winds will be slightly lighter.

Heavy rain is also forecast during Wednesday and Thursday making it a very wet start to Thursday morning.

What do the Met Office say?

The forecaster warns Merseyside to expect large coastal waves, loss of power and transport disruption.

The Met Office said: “A very unsettled spell of weather is expected, with strong winds, combined with widespread and in places heavy rain.

“Winds are expected to increase from the far southwest early on Wednesday, spreading northeast, with areas adjacent to the Irish Sea most exposed to the south to southeasterly wind.

“Wind gusts of 60 mph are expected, with a few, more exposed, locations seeing 70 mph gusts. Winds will also turn northwesterly across Northern Ireland later, transferring the main focus to northern areas here.

“The strong winds will also bring some rough seas and large waves, with some coastal impacts possible.”

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