Storm Dennis on its way to West Norfolk
Storm Ciara may have moved off into the North Sea but Storm Dennis is on its way and will make Saturday in West Norfolk seriously blowy, weather forecasters say.
The Met Office issued a yellow weather alert today saying that the newly-christened storm, Dennis, will bring winds in excess of 50mph to the area on Saturday afternoon. It will probably be accompanied by rain.
The worst of the winds will be between 3pm and 6pm, and top-of-the-table King's Lynn Town FC will no doubt hope that this won't prove too much a leveller when they play the bottom club Bradford PA at The Walks during that time.
The Met Office said generally the impact from this low-pressure system is not expected to be as extreme as Storm Ciara but it will bring widespread strong winds and heavy rain to parts of the UK.
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. A National Severe Weather Warning for wind has been issued for much of England and Wales, further warnings are likely to be issued in the coming days.
Steve Ramsdale, 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.”
The weather this week, ahead of Storm Dennis, remains unsettled. North-westerly winds are bringing cold air across the UK and the north of England and Scotland will continue to see some snow, mainly on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Winds remain strong with sunny, dry spells expected in places especially in the east.
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