Belfast Telegraph

Severe weather warnings as autumn storm due to hit Northern Ireland

The first storm of the autumn is expected to blast the northern half of the UK on Sunday, forecasters have warned.

Gusts up to 60mph are due over areas of Scotland and Northern Ireland and it will also be blustery further south.

James Wilby, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "There will be gale-force winds in northern, western and central Scotland, and in the north of Northern Ireland, with sustained speeds of 35mph, but gusting to 60mph.

"It will also be blustery further south, with sustained wind speeds of 15 to 20mph."

The current unsettled weather everywhere is expected to continue, with no sign of a return to the warm temperatures at the start of September.

"It will continue a few degrees below average for the time of year, with temperatures in the South East not expected to exceed 15C (59F) or 16C (60.8F) over the weekend, and conditions will remain unsettled into next week, with Monday expected to be cool and breezy, and heavy showers in many areas on Tuesday," Mr Wilby said.

"There is no indication of warm weather returning, though it is too soon to say that it will not."

The Met Office said it had issued severe weather warnings for the gales in Scotland and Northern Ireland on Sunday and the public should be aware of the potential for some minor disruption to travel.

Chief forecaster Paul Gundersen said: "A spell of gale force westerly winds is expected later Sunday, peaking on Monday across much of Scotland, the north of Northern Ireland and coasts of north west England and north Wales. Gusts of 50 - 60 mph are likely, with the potential for 70 mph across exposed coasts and hills of Scotland.

"The public should be aware of the potential for some minor disruption to travel and keep up to date with the latest weather forecast information."

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