Storm Arwen red warning issued for parts of Scotland and northern England | weather in the UK

Forecasters have put parts of Scotland and northern England on maximum alert as storm Arwen sweeps into the country.

The Met Office has issued the red warning for wind from 3pm Friday to 2am on Saturday as the first winter storm is ready to hit the country. Gusts are expected to be as high as 100 mph.

The warning, which covers an area that stretches along the east coast from Newcastle upon Tyne to beyond Aberdeen, says flying debris can result in a “danger to life”.

The warning, which is the highest issued by the Met Office, means that the effect is likely to be strong and is very likely.

The red warning warns of the risk of damage to buildings and homes, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) urged people to check on older relatives or neighbors when Storm Arwen swept in.

The agency has issued a cold weather warning, and Agostinho Sousa, a consultant in Public Health Medicine at the UKHSA, said: “Cold weather can have a serious impact on health, especially for the elderly and those with heart and lung problems, as it increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and breast infections.

“It’s really important to keep an eye on older neighbors or relatives, especially those who live alone or those who have serious illness.

“Make a call or a socially distant doorstep visit if they live close by, to remind them to heat their home to at least 18C (64.4F) and to keep up to date with the weather forecast. It’s also helpful to check that they have enough food and drink and all the medicine they need. “

The Met Office warning also warned people in the zone about the potential for “roads, bridges and railways closed, with delays and cancellations of buses, trains, ferries and planes” and about “big waves and beach material being thrown at coastal roads, the seafront and homes” ”.

Yellow wind warnings were also in place in most western parts of the UK on Friday, extending to the rest of the country on Saturday.

Wind gusts were expected to reach 55 to 65 mph in parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, south-west England and north-east England with the highest seen in coastal areas.

The Met Office also said temperatures would drop to below average over the weekend. Will Lang, head of civil preparedness at the Met Office, said: “The United Kingdom will see temperatures drop below average in the coming days as cold air is sucked in from the north.

“Areas in the north will see temperatures below freezing overnight, with daytime temperatures only entering the low single numbers.

“It is important to note that strong wind speeds, of over 65 mph in exposed locations, will exacerbate the cold temperatures we will see over the weekend.”

Storm Arwen moves in from the North Sea and begins to travel south before subsiding on Sunday.

The Met Office names storms because of their potential impact, with storm Arwen declared as a result of the yellow wind warning.

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