UPDATED: 11 NOVEMBER 2015
Storm Abigail has now been officially named and is expected to bring winds in excess of 80mph across the far north of the UK on Thursday evening into Friday and has the potential to cause some disruption. You can find out more here
Original blog from 6 November 2015:
Headlines in some newspapers are suggesting storms at the weekend will be the first officially named storms of the winter.
Currently the Met Office and Met Eireann have not issued severe weather warnings for the strong winds this weekend, and we have not named the storms heading towards the UK and Ireland.
However we are continuing to monitor the developing weather situation, and will let everyone know when any storm is officially named.
We are expecting unsettled weather this weekend, with spells of rain and strong to gale force winds at times.
The current forecast is for southern parts of the UK are expected to see the strongest winds on Saturday with 40-50mph gusts along parts of the south coast of England.
Meanwhile during Sunday into Monday the north and northwest of the UK is likely to experience the windiest conditions. Here gusts of 50-60mph are possible.
You can keep up to date with the latest forecast and warnings on our website.