Storm Barbara set to bring ‘extreme gales’ and major washout amid 18C highs

Britain is set to be hit with heavy rain and possible flooding while “extreme gales” are on the cards as Storm Barbara arrives.

The Met Office has warned the storm – named in Spain – will not cause the same impact here as in the UK’s European neighbours but there is potential for some severe weather through to Wednesday.

Meanwhile, two yellow weather warnings remain in place this morning in Northern Ireland and Scotland with up to 100mm of rain expected to fall in parts.

However, a shift in weather fronts means the chilly temperatures maybe replaced by highs of 18C before the middle of the week.

Barbara’s impact will be mostly felt with rain in the southeast and possibly central England on Wednesday – though forecasters warn the storm’s system is still uncertain.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Frank Saunders, said Tuesday sees a low-pressure system separate from the named storm crossing Ireland and “bringing gale or even severe gale force winds” to parts of western UK.

“As we look ahead to the rest of the week, we are expecting rain or showers for many areas on Wednesday, possibly heavy and blustery in the southeast,” he continued.

“It will be quieter on Thursday but more unsettled from Friday, with spells of wet and windy weather moving in from the west.”

The Met Office has, however, moved to deny any possibility of widespread snow for the rest of October.

If any snow is seen at all before the end of the month it will be confined to the Scottish hills, it added.

While temperatures are expected to remain average or a little below towards the north west and slightly above in the southeast for the time of year.

UK 5 day weather forecast
Today:
Rain and strong winds in far north, with further rain spreading across northwest Britain through the afternoon. Mainly dry elsewhere with sunny spells and brisk winds. Outbreaks of showery rain in southwest England and south Wales later.

Tonight:
Persistent and locally heavy rain across central and northern Scotland, with rain clearing Northern Ireland later. Heavy and persistent rain spreading across central and southern areas after midnight.

Wednesday:
Rain gradually clearing across northern Scotland. Rain across central and southern areas clearing eastwards, followed by showers. Strong to gale force winds in far southeast and northwest.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:
Mainly dry Thursday with some sun, cool start. Then becoming unsettled with periods of rain or showers, showers; heaviest Saturday and accompanied by very strong winds. Temperatures around average.