Storm Frank follows Eva in the winter’s relentless battering for the UK and Ireland
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28 December 2015 – The recent run of unsettled, wet weather will continue this week with Storm Frank on the way
Another spell of wet and windy weather is forecast to affect parts of the UK later on Tuesday and into Wednesday this week. The Met Office has named Storm Frank as the sixth named storm of the season.
Monday will see a respite from the stormy conditions for most of us, with a good deal of dry, mild weather and some sunshine around. Rain is expected in south-west England and south Wales by Monday evening and north Wales and north-west England overnight, however amounts of rain will be much lower than on Boxing Day.
— Met Office (@metoffice) December 28, 2015
However, on Tuesday unsettled, stormy weather is predicted. Storm Frank will bring gales or severe gales to western parts of the UK from Tuesday evening into Wednesday. Gusts of 55-65 mph are likely quite widely, with gusts reaching 70-80 mph in exposed areas, particularly in northwest Scotland, and later Shetland.
Rainfall associated with this system is also expected to cause some disruption with persistent, heavy rain over parts of Northern Ireland, west and southwest Scotland, spreading to northwest England and Wales through Wednesday. Amber ‘be prepared’ rainfall warnings are in force. Rainfall totals of 20-40mm are expected widely across these areas but with 80mm possible over high ground and some exposed areas in southwest Scotland and Cumbria have the potential to receive 100-150mm of rainfall.
Will Lang, Met Office Chief Meteorologist, said: “We expect stormy conditions to return midweek, and have already issued National Severe Weather Warnings for gales on Tuesday and heavy rain on Wednesday, as a rapidly deepening area of low pressure, Storm Frank, passes to the northwest of the UK.
“Everyone should be aware of the potential for disruption in places from further flooding and the impacts of the gales to transport, especially in areas such as southern and central Scotland and Cumbria where Amber ‘be prepared’ warnings are in place.
“The weather is particularly unsettled at the moment and we advise everyone to stay up to date with the latest Met Office forecasts and warnings and find out what to do in severe weather so they can plan ahead for the expected weather before it arrives.”
Transport Minister for Scotland, Derek Mackay said: “Surface water and spray could make driving conditions difficult and there may be some localised flooding. We will have patrols on the main routes to do all they can to keep the roads running and our teams out on the network to clear drainage systems in advance of the heavy rain.
“Drivers should travel with extra care and drive to the conditions. We strongly advise all road users plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website and Twitter feed for the latest information before setting off on your journey and factor in extra time as travel may take longer than usual.
“Listen to Police advice and take conditions into account when planning your journey.”
This very unsettled and occasionally stormy spell was well signalled in our recent three month outlooks and is not unusual for this time of year, indeed this is when climatologically we would expect to have most of our storms.
We only need to go back to the winter of 2013-14 to see storms of similar strength to that we are expecting this week. There are comparable or more severe storms in recent years, including 3 January 2012 and 8 December 2011, each of which caused widespread impacts.
Throughout this unsettled spell Met Office forecasters and advisors are working round the clock with our partners to keep everyone up to date with the latest forecast information so they can plan and prepare for the expected weather.
As always, Twitter is keeping things light on the matter.
— Aidan O’Connor (@AidOConnor) December 28, 2015
Storm Frank is still called Storm Francis by his Mum #StormFrank
— Stay Another Dave (@PunLovinLad) December 28, 2015