Storm Dennis: Met Office issues weather warning as heavy downpours and strong winds of up to 70mph set to hit Scotland

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Storm Dennis is forecast to bring unsettled conditions to Scotland this weekend.

The weather system will develop in the North Atlantic, before tracking eastwards towards the UK and Ireland over the coming days, passing to the north of Scotland on Saturday 15 February.

Storm Dennis is forecast to bring further unsettled conditions this weekend

Storm Dennis is forecast to bring further unsettled conditions this weekend

Steve Ramsdale, Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office said: “Another spell of very wet and windy ​weather is expected for Saturday, although Storm Dennis is currently not expected to be as severe as Ciara disruption is still likely.

“Our confidence in the forecast means we have been able to issue severe weather warnings well in advance, giving people time to prepare for potential impacts of the storm.”

Storm Dennis to hit the UK this weekend

It will be a dry, cold start on Friday 14 February, before wind and rain crosses most parts.

The Met Office UK outlook for Saturday 15 February explains that “Very windy, wet conditions” will develop on Saturday.

A yellow weather warning for wind is in place for parts of the UK on Saturday from 12pm until 23.59pm.

The Met Office said: “Very strong winds in association with Storm Dennis are expected on Saturday across many parts of England and Wales.

“Gusts of 50 mph are expected widely inland, with around 60mph in places. Around the coasts, especially in the west and south, gusts of 60-70 mph are likely. This will be accompanied by heavy rain at times.”

What to expect from the yellow weather warning:

There is a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris

There is a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs

There is a small chance of longer journey times or cancellations as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected

There is a small chance that some roads and bridges could close

There is a slight chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage

There is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties

A yellow weather warning for rain is also in place for parts of the UK from 12pm on Saturday until 12pm on Sunday (16 Feb).

The Met Office said: "Heavy rain associated with Storm Dennis is expected to affect parts of England and Wales over the weekend and may bring some disruption."