Further wet and windy weather will hit Wirral before Storm Dennis arrives

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Thursday and Friday will see spells of heavy rain, strong winds and further snow for parts of the UK with several severe weather warnings in force, before Storm Dennis brings further very wet and windy weather this weekend.

Named by the Met Office, Storm Dennis will bring heavy rain and widespread strong winds to Wirral on Saturday and Sunday

The Met Office say that the impacts are not expected to be as extreme as Storm Ciara last weekend.

Wirral is on a yellow weather warning for strong winds throughout Saturday and Sunday.

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The strongest winds are likely to be on Saturday afternoon and evening, with a lull overnight, before increasing again during Sunday.

Gusts of 50 mph are expected widely inland. Around the coasts, especially in the west and south, gusts of 60-70 mph are likely.

The strong winds will be accompanied by heavy rain at times, leading to particularly poor driving conditions.

Paul Gundersen, Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office said: “Another spell of very wet and windy ​weather is expected for Saturday.

Although Storm Dennis is currently not expected to be as severe as Ciara, disruption is still likely. Our confidence in the forecast means we have been able to issue severe weather warnings well in advance, giving people time to prepare for potential impacts of the storm.

“With further warnings possible over the next few days people should keep up to date with the Met Office forecast using our website, app or by following us on social media.”