Met Office forecasters say Storm Malik will hit the UK today and have issued amber and yellow weather warnings for several regions, such as northeast England
Storm Malik is expected to batter monster winds and huge rainfall across parts of the UK today – and forecasters have warned of a loss of power and travel delays.
Amber and yellow weather warnings are in place for wind until Tuesday as the weather front moves in from the northwest.
It’ll be most severe across eastern Scotland and northeast England today, with gales of up to 80mph feared.
Met Office says road, rail, air and ferry services are likely to be affected, leading to longer journey times and some cancellations. Some roads and bridges likely to close too.
There is also a good chance power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage, forecasters say.
The storm will slowly move south, as Mirror Online details, and will impact the East Midlands and East of England by Monday evening.
The amber weather warning is in place for eastern Scotland and northeast England throughout today.
Met Office said: “An area of very strong west or northwest winds will cross Scotland and notheast England on Saturday morning in association with Storm Malik before easing during the afternoon.
“The strongest winds are expected in the east of Scotland and northeast of England later in the morning. Gusts of widely 50-60 mph are likely with a short period of gusts in excess of 75 mph possible, particularly for Moray and north Aberdeenshire as well as the Lothians.”
The amber warning covers central Scotland, Tayside & Fife, Grampian, southwest Scotland and the Lothian Borders. North East England is also covered, including Newcastle and Northumberland.
A yellow weather warning is in place for all of Scotland, much of Northern Ireland and parts of northern England today for wind too.
Met Office added: “An area of strong winds will cross Scotland, parts of Northern Ireland and some northern counties of England on Saturday morning before easing during the afternoon. Gusts of widely 50-60 mph are expected and there is a chance of a brief period of gusts in excess of 70 mph in places, particularly for parts of eastern Scotland later in the morning.”
Met Office’s chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: “The impacts of Storm Malik are going to be greatest in Denmark on Sunday, but the track of the storm in the preceding hours means that the UK will be dealt a glancing blow as Malik moves eastwards on Saturday.
“For those in the north of the UK there will be high winds and rain on Saturday, with showers possibly turning wintry in the high ground in the north.
“The highest winds are expected in exposed coastal areas in the north and east of Scotland, but it will be a windy day for most.”
The yellow weather warning remains in place throughout Sunday for all of Scotland, most of northeast England, northwest England and parts of Northern Ireland and north Wales.
Travel disruption is likely in these spots, and the weather will generate some large and dangerous waves around the coasts.
Met Office said road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible.
Injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto susceptible sea fronts, coastal roads and properties, forecasters added.
Gusts could reach up to 80mph in hilly and coastal areas, including along the North Sea shore.
Met Office continued: “On Sunday evening a spell of strong northwesterly winds is likely to develop across western Scotland, and then progress southeastwards eventually easing away from the North Sea coastlines during Monday morning.
“The strongest wind gusts will mostly occur around the coastlines and over the hills.”
Sunday’s yellow weather warning – and the areas subject to it – will remain throughout Monday too.
Met Office said: “There’s a small chance that a very limited part of the area could see a short period of more damaging gusts, that could reach 60-70mph inland, and 70-80mph around exposed coasts and hills.”
Temperatures will remain in single figures on Monday.
Agostinho Sousa, a consultant in public health medicine, has urged Britons to remind elderly neighbours to heat their homes.
“Cold weather can have a serious impact on health, particularly for older people and those with heart and lung problems, as it increases the risks of heart attacks, strokes and chest infections.
“Remind vulnerable relatives and neighbours to heat their home to at least 18C – particularly if they have reduced mobility, are 65 or older, or have a health condition.
“Should they need to go outside, it’s important for them to wear shoes with a good grip.”