As forecast, a deep area of low pressure developed over the Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of Friday morning bringing with it a further spell of wet and very windy weather across the UK as it tracked northeastwards, crossing northwest Scotland.
Below you can see the highest gusts of wind and rainfall totals recorded at Met Office observing sites from midnight to 2.30pm on 27 December.
Maximum gust speeds:
|Site||Area||Elevation (m)||Max gust speed (mph)|
|Mumbles Head||West Glamorgan||43||85|
|St Bees Head||Cumbria||124||85|
|Needles Old Battery||Isle of Wight||80||78|
|Achnagart||Ross and Cromarty||32.8|
|Cluanie Inn||Ross and Cromarty||26.2|
|Banagher, Caugh Hill||Londonderry||19.4|
Winds will slowly ease from tonight and we are expecting a brighter and less windy interlude over the course of Saturday and for most of Sunday with overnight frosts and sunny spells and a wintry mix of showers.
Another active atlantic frontal system is expected to swing eastwards across the country on Sunday night and Monday morning. A combination of strobng winds and moist air has the potential to give locally significant amounts of rain which could cause the risk of further flooding. The wind and rain are expected to clear eastward on Monday morning.
During this period of unsettled weather, people are advised to stay up to date with the latest Met Office forecasts and National Severe Weather Warnings and find out what to do in severe weather so they can plan ahead for the weather in store and make the most of the festive season. We would also encourage you to stay up to date with the latest news on flooding by checking the Environment Agency’s website for the latest flood alerts and warnings.