UK weather latest: Storm Dylan sees UK and Ireland braced for 80mph winds and ‘danger to life’

The UK and Ireland are braced for winds reaching 80mph as Storm Dylan arrives to bring a wet and windy end to 2017.

A Met Office amber wind warning covering Northern Ireland and parts of southern and western Scotland is in place for Sunday morning and early afternoon.

Forecasters warned there was the potential for “injuries and danger to life from flying debris”.

But many new year celebrations look set to escape the worst of the weather, which will pass before crowds gather to see in 2018.

In Ireland there is an orange wind warning in place from Met Eireann for nine counties, with warnings of gusts reaching 78mph (125kph).

The Met Office warned of similar gusts hitting northern parts of the UK, while Wales and southern England were on alert for heavy rain as warm, wet weather sweeps in.

Chief forecaster Steve Ramsdale said: “While the strongest winds from Storm Dylan will be over the Republic of Ireland, very strong winds will also affect Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and northern England.

“Travel disruption is likely, as well as power cuts and the chance of tiles being blown off roofs.

“Large waves and coastal debris may also be another hazard in coastal districts.”

After heavy snow, rain, thunderstorms and wind caused disruption across much of Britain on Friday as the country was gripped by wintry weather, Saturday saw milder temperatures begin to appear as the storm approached.

Met Eireann warned that Dylan would pass close to the country’s north-west coast, bringing wintry showers as temperatures dropped as low as 2C (36F).

A spokesman warned of rain becoming widespread late on Saturday and into Sunday morning.

He said: “In the north it will be heaviest, with a risk of thunder, and will fall as snow and sleet over the hills and mountains.

“Coastal flooding is expected along the west coast as high seas coincide with low tide and onshore winds.”

There were also yellow wind warnings in place for the rest of…

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