Storm Atiyah set to bring 70mph winds to Merseyside

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Storm Atiyah has been named as the first storm of the season by the Irish met service.

The area of low pressure will move from west to east through the latter part of Sunday and overnight into Monday bringing strong winds to Merseyside.

A yellow severe weather warning has been issued for the region as winds of up to 70mph are expected.

The warning comes in to force at 15:00 Sunday afternoon and runs through to 09:00 Monday morning.  

Deputy Chief Meteorologist Tony Wardle said: “The UK is in for an unsettled period of weather with some very strong winds, especially along the west coast. Gusts of 50-60 mph are expected quite widely inland, with up to 70mph gusts around some coastal locations.  

“As well as strong winds there will be large coastal waves in the south west, so bare this in mind before heading out in these regions. Monday will be a much-improved day with brighter and drier conditions moving in from the west before another period of wet and windy weather on Tuesday.”  

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The strong winds could cause some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport and it’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves.

The Met Office warning reads: “A deep area of low pressure is expected to cross the UK from the west on Sunday and Monday bringing very strong winds to parts of the west.

“Winds are expected to gust to 50-60mph inland, and perhaps 70mph around some coasts. Large coastal waves are also expected.”

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