Met Office names first storm of the season as Wales under threat from 70mph winds
Storm Atiyah will threaten much of the western UK this weekendStorm Atiyah was declared by Met Eireann, in partnership with the Met Office, on Friday afternoon as damaging winds of up to 80 mph threaten to hammer the Irish coasts.
© Getty High coastal waves are expected when Storm Atiyah blasts in. File pic Storm-force winds are set to batter Britain this weekend with gusts of up to 70mph.
Met Office forecasters say an area of low pressure, named Storm Atiyah by Irish weather service Met Eireann, is expected to move from the west of the country across to the east late on Sunday going into Monday.
A yellow severe weather warning has been issued for the west coast of Wales and southwest of England.
The warning is from 3pm on Sunday and currently runs through to 9am on Monday.
Inland, winds are expected to reach 50-60mph and 70mph around the coast with large coastal waves expected.
Road Safety Authority issues stark warning to motorists as Storm Atiyah hits this weekend
Road Safety Authority issues stark warning to motorists as Storm Atiyah hits this weekendMet Eireann has issued a Status Orange wind warning for eight counties as 130km gusts get set to batter parts of the country over the weekend.
Western parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland are are also forecast to be hit with gusts of up to 57mph overnight.
Forecasters say the low-pressure is expected to move to the east coast of north England and Scotland in the early hours of Monday morning with gusts up to 55mph.
© N/A Storm Atiyah will bring strong winds from Sunday night 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 50-60mph 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 bear this in mind before heading out in these regions.
Met Eireann issues Status Orange weather warning for eight counties as Storm Atiyah to batter Ireland
"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."
Atiyah is the first named storm of the season.
It is the fifth year that the Met Office and Met Eireann have run the Name our Storms campaign, which aims to provide warnings of the impact of severe weather before it strikes.
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Severe gales will pummel the British Isles from Sunday into MondayThe area of low pressure, named Atiyah by Met Eireann on Friday, is set to move west to east across the UK through the latter part of Sunday and overnight into Monday.
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100mph winds set to bring disruption to UK on Tuesday .
Winds of up to 100mph are set to batter parts of the UK on Tuesday, forecasters have warned. © Imagebridge Waves crash against a lighthouse on the County Durham coast during Storm Atiyah It follows Storm Atiyah which brought winds of up to 70mph to the southwest of England and Wales and caused disruption to transport and power networks in Ireland.A severe yellow weather warning for wind is in place across northern England, North Wales, parts of Northern Ireland and much of Scotland, while a further yellow weather warning for rain covers western Scotland.