Storm Barbara tracker: When will Storm Barbara hit UK? Fierce winds to batter Britain

Storm Barbara has been named by Spanish meteorologists and is expected to cause upheaval to Portugal and Spain before tracking towards the UK. The Met Office has cautioned development of the system is “relatively uncertain” and so Storm Barbara is being watched closely.

Strong winds and torrential rain will hit Spain and Portugal in the coming days, before later hitting the UK.

For now, the Met Office has said Storm Barbara will potentially bring hales and rain to the “extreme south-east of England”.

However, alerts for rain are in place for another system – which is expected to bring heavy downpours to Ireland, Northern Ireland, west and South West of the UK.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Frank Saunders, said: “Tomorrow (Tuesday) a low-pressure system, separate to Storm Barbara, will cross Ireland and Northern Ireland bringing gale or even severe gale-force winds to some exposed parts of the west and South West of the UK.

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“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 South East.

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

On Tuesday, Met Office yellow weather warnings for rain are in place across Central, Tayside & Fife, Highlands & Eilean Siar, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders and Strathclyde until 9am.

The forecasters warn: “Spells of rain, heavy at times, will persist through most of Monday before clearing on Tuesday morning.

Rainfall totals of “0.7 to 1.5 inches (20 to 40mm) of rain will fall quite widely, while two to 2.9 inches (50 to 75mm) is expected over the more mountainous areas.

“Over a few mountains, most likely in Argyll, as much as 2.9 to 3.9 inches (75 to 100mm) of rain may fall.”

Elsewhere, according to Netweather rain or showers will become more widespread on Tuesday, and much of the UK will see a windier day too.

Netweather forecasters write: “A spell of heavy rain looks to spread northeast across England on Wednesday with showers elsewhere.

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“Perhaps a drier respite on Thursday, as a brief ridge of high pressure moves through, but rain could return from the west on Friday.”

In terms of temperatures, the Met Office has said conditions look to be around normal for this time of year.

The rest of October will see perhaps below-average temperatures in the north west, but a little above average to the south east.

The Met Office states some snow could be seen on the highest hills of Scotland over the rest of this month.

Met Office five day forecast

This Evening and Tonight

Rain continuing across many north-western areas, heavy in places, clearing Northern Ireland later.

Elsewhere dry at first but a band of rain swinging east to affect most parts.

Clearer but with strong to gale winds in the southwest later. Milder.

Tuesday

Rain clearing eastern and northern parts, then most areas seeing sunshine and showers: few showers in the southeast but more widespread and heavier further west and north. Generally breezy; milder.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday

Rather changeable with a mix of rain, showers, and drier spells for all.

Windy at times, possibly in extreme south-east on Wednesday, and far north-west more often. Temperatures around average.

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