Storm Jorge to batter Britain this weekend with 70mph winds and heavy rain

Brits are in for four days of weather misery, with fresh warnings put in place by the Met Office as the country braces itself for Storm Jorge.

Gusts of up to 70mph are set to strike over the weekend, with a string of yellow warnings for wind and rain extended into Sunday.

The Met Office says Sunday will be worse than originally thought, with large parts of England, Wales and Northern Ireland now affected.

It will pile more misery on communities already struggling with flooding as a result of Storm Dennis.

It comes after parts of the UK experienced dramatic snowfall last night and this morning.

Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Paul Gundersen, said: “This weekend we’ll see another named Storm bring strong winds to parts of the UK with several wind and rain warnings in place.

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“On Friday a band of rain associated with Storm Jorge will move across the UK – we have issued rain warnings for parts of Wales and northern England, where rain will be heaviest and we could see 60-80mm possible over the highest ground.

"South-westerly winds will strengthen through Saturday morning and it’ll turn widely windy except for northern Scotland, with wind warnings in place for Northern Ireland, Wales, southern Scotland and much of England. 

"Where warnings are in place gusts of 50-60mph are likely quite widely with 65-70mph possible in coastal areas, however the strongest and most damaging winds are expected across the Republic of Ireland.”

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The Met Office has warned that further flooding is possible.

As the storm subsides, it will be followed by more wet weather , experts predict.

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Dan Harris, said: "As Storm Jorge begins to weaken and clear later on Saturday we'll see a trend back to slightly colder conditions, with some snow over hills and mountains in the north of the UK and a mixture of rain and hail showers in the south.

"Away from much of Scotland it'll remain blustery on Sunday, although not quite as windy as Saturday.

"The weather looks likely to remain rather cold and showery into next week and there's a chance of further wet and windy weather around the middle of the week, although confidence in details are low at this stage."

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