The first storm of 2020 has been named as Storm Brendan which will bring strong winds to Wirral.
A deep area of low pressure will bring winds of up to 70 mph to the country, which has forced the Met Office to issue a yellow severe weather warning for Merseyside.
The storm will last from 10 am on Monday right through the whole of Tuesday bringing some risks.
Forecasters warn that coastal flooding, power cuts and delays to transport is possible as the storm hits.
The Met Office website suggest that Wirral will see the highest gusts on Monday afternoon.
Wirral is more likely to see gusts of around 50 mph according to predictions, although it could be stronger depending on locations such as New Brighton.
What will happen?
There are risks of some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport.
Probably some bus and train services affected, with some journeys taking longer.
Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely.
Some short term loss of power and other services is possible.
It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities affected by spray and/or large waves.
What do the Met Office say?
Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Frank Saunders, said: “The UK and Ireland will turn increasingly windy on Monday, as Storm Brendan approaches, and there’ll also be some heavy rain.
“It’s going to be particularly windy across the western half of the UK, with gusts reaching 60-70 mph along Irish Sea coastlines, the west of Scotland and perhaps some English Channel coasts – maybe even 80 mph in a few exposed places. This is likely to cause some disruption to sea, road and air travel.
“As Storm Brendan moves eastwards, strong winds will also develop across eastern parts of the UK, particularly northeast Scotland where there is also a wind warning in place.”
“As well as strong winds, there will be large coastal waves in western areas, so bear this in mind before heading out in these regions.”
Commenting on the forecast for the rest of the week, Frank said: “It looks like it’s going to stay very unsettled, with the potential for further disruptive weather in places.”
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