UK braced for more stormy winds
Stormy conditions that brought havoc to Scotland are expected to return to the UK this week, forecasters have said.
Wind speeds up to 165mph were recorded during the worst of the storm that hit parts of Scotland and northern England this week, bringing down trees and power lines, causing disruption to roads and closing schools.
Engineers are still battling to restore power to thousands of homes as freezing temperatures hit Scotland.
The thermometer plunged to -7.7C (18.4F) in Drumnadrochit in the Highlands, while Glasgow dropped to -1.5C (29.3F), Aberdeen to -1.3C (29.66F) and Edinburgh to -0.4C (31.3F).
Strong winds are forecast to return to the UK in the next few days, but not at the force experienced last Thursday.
The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for strong winds and heavy rain on Monday night for most of England, with the south-east expected to be hit hard.
Windy weather is expected to continue into Tuesday, with the potential for "severe gales" or storm-force winds across Northern Ireland and the southern half of Britain, as well as frequent, heavy showers.
Aisling Creevey, a forecaster with Meteogroup, the weather forecasting arm of the Press Association, said it was too early to tell where the winds would hit.
She said the country could expect winds of between 80mph and 100mph.
"It is very difficult to know at this stage where exactly the storms are going to be," she said. "There's a system coming through on Tuesday and again on Thursday - it looks as if they will be two stormy days. We could see gusts of 100mph in some places - but there is very little confidence about exactly where."