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UK News Storm Dennis Weather Forecast: Everything You Need To Know Ahead Of This Weekend

21:20  14 february  2020
21:20  14 february  2020 Source:   huffingtonpost.co.uk

When is Storm Dennis expected to hit, and what does it mean for your parkrun?

  When is Storm Dennis expected to hit, and what does it mean for your parkrun? Here’s what the Met Office have said. As the UK recovers from the effects of Storm Ciara, which brought gusts of up to 97mph last weekend and caused disruption across the country, the Met Office have warned Storm Dennis is on the way.

a man standing next to a building: People clear up following Storm Ciara in Mytholmroyd in the Upper Calder Valley in West Yorkshire, as Storm Dennis is expected to hit over the weekend. © PA People clear up following Storm Ciara in Mytholmroyd in the Upper Calder Valley in West Yorkshire, as Storm Dennis is expected to hit over the weekend.

A “perfect storm” of heavy rain, strong winds and melting snow is set to bring havoc to the UK this weekend as Storm Dennis takes up where Storm Ciara left off just a few days ago.

And that’s all of the UK – the Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for the entire country on Sunday.

Saturday will be grim for most of us too – severe weather warnings covering England, Wales and large parts of Scotland are in place.

a close up of a map: Storm Dennis © PA Media Storm Dennis

Here’s everything you need to know...

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  Wales set to get the wettest weather as Storm Dennis warning upgraded to amber Alerts have been issued across the UKThe Met Office warns that the storm will bring major bouts of bad weather, with gusts of hurricane-force winds, flooding and travel disruption from Saturday to Monday.

What to expect

Storm Dennis is forecast to batter large swathes of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with 70mph winds and up to 140mm (5.5inches) of rain in some areas, PA Media reports.

Flooding

That “perfect storm” of heavy rain, strong winds and melting snow could leave hundreds of homes across the UK flooded this weekend, experts have warned.

The Environment Agency (EA) said the flood impact from the weather system is likely to be worse than last weekend’s Storm Ciara due to rain falling on already saturated ground.

Storm Dennis: Here’s when heavy downpours and strong winds will hit Scotland

  Storm Dennis: Here’s when heavy downpours and strong winds will hit Scotland Storm Dennis is set to hit the UK with wet and windy weather this weekend, bringing heavy rain and strong gusts of wind to Scotland. © Provided by The Scotsman Named by the Met Office, the impacts from this low-pressure system are not expected to be as extreme as Storm Ciara, but will bring strong winds and heavy downpours to parts of Scotland.The Met Office said: “The system will develop in the North Atlantic before tracking eastwards towards the UK and Ireland over the coming days, passing to the north of Scotland on Saturday.

John Curtin, the agency’s executive director of flood and coastal risk management, said Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire were the areas he was most “concerned” about.

“This (storm) could be a step up from what we have seen before,” Curtin said.

“We had a big storm last weekend, (we now have) saturated catchments, snowmelt and rainfall, so it is a perfect storm.”

Roads

The storm is also likely to cause treacherous driving conditions.

AA Patrol of the Year Ben Sheridan said: “The forecast looks bleak across the UK with warnings for wind and heavy rain which will significantly reduce visibility on the roads.

WATCH: Dramatic footage shows ferry caught in storm Dennis

  WATCH: Dramatic footage shows ferry caught in storm Dennis A ferry swaying heavily at sea as storm Dennis batters parts of the country has been caught on camera. © Provided by The Scotsman Stuart Bell was visiting the Isle of Arran when he filmed the ferry approaching the Calmac Ferry Terminal. The unnerving footage shows the huge boat rocking side-to-side during the extreme weather as it approaches the terminal. Heavy rain and strong winds are expected to blast the country for the remainder of this week as the storm hits.

“For those who are braving the storm, drivers should make sure they account for the conditions. Slow down, allow for greater stopping distances and watch out for potential hazards.”

Rail

Network Rail advised passengers to expect disruption on many routes due to flooding and to allow more time for their journeys.

Tracks could be flooded as the ground near parts of the railway is already saturated, particularly in the North West.

Cross-border journeys between England and Scotland were severely restricted last weekend.

Network Rail’s network services director Nick King said: “As we saw last week, stormy weather brings high winds that can lead to trees and other debris falling on to the railway, and floods that prevent us from running trains on parts of the network.

“That is why we are again asking passengers to check their journeys before they travel this weekend, either with their train operator directly or through National Rail Enquiries.

Storm Dennis: Met Office issues weather warning as heavy rain and strong winds of up to 70mph set to hit Scotland

  Storm Dennis: Met Office issues weather warning as heavy rain and strong winds of up to 70mph set to hit Scotland Storm Ciara recently hit the UK, leaving an aftermath of strong winds, heavy rain, snow and ice - but Storm Dennis is now forecast to bring further unsettled conditions this weekend. © Provided by The Scotsman The weather system will develop in the North Atlantic, before tracking eastwards towards the UK and Ireland over the coming days, passing to the north of Scotland on Saturday 15 February.

“Our teams of engineers will again be out working at all hours and in all weathers to remove fallen trees and debris from the railway, repair damaged infrastructure and work to reopen lines affected by flooding.”

Households living near rail lines are being urged to secure any loose items in their gardens, after several trampolines were blown on to tracks and overhead electric wires last weekend, blocking lines.

Air

There is no reported air travel disruption as yet but you might be in for a bumping landing if you’re flying into the UK.

Storm Dennis: UK weather forecast and latest Met Office warnings, and when the next named storm after Ciara could hit .
UK weather forecast and latest Met Office warnings for Storm Dennis.The weather system will develop in the North Atlantic, before tracking eastwards towards the UK and Ireland over the coming days, passing to the north of Scotland on Saturday 15 February.

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