Weather maps turn red as Scandinavian blast to batter Britain

Forecasters have warned Britons to brace for adverse weather conditions as Storm Pia is set to batter the UK. According to WXCharts weather maps, wind speeds which will reach a peak speed of around 50mph over Scotland on Wednesday afternoon and up to 62mph in the Atlantic Ocean.

Fast forward to Thursday morning and these speeds will increase dramatically to around 62mph over Newcastle and Central London. In some places, these speeds could be amplified as they pass between narrow buildings.

On Scotland’s west coast speeds will creep up to around 56.25mph as the UK braces for a turbulent period of weather ahead of Christmas.

Storm Pia is the latest weather system to batter the UK this year after Storm Babet and Ciaran.

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According to the Met Office, the UK will see a “deep area” of low pressure overnight and into Thursday morning.

They said: “A notably deep area of low pressure will track to the north of the UK over the Norwegian Sea through Wednesday night and into Thursday.

“This is expected to bring very strong winds and heavy showers to a large portion of the UK, with a Yellow National Severe Weather Warning covering Scotland, Northern Ireland, Northern England and the north of Wales.”

Chief Meteorologist for the Met Office Paul Gundersen explained that parts of the UK could see “gusts of 50-60mph in central and northern areas”.

Mr Gundersen added: “Exposed coasts and high ground could see gusts of 70-80mph at times, mainly across the far north of Scotland.

“There’s a chance this low pressure will continue to exert its influence into Friday, so it’s important to stay up to date with the latest Met Office forecast.

“This system has been named Storm Pia by the Danish Met Service, with the system likely to have more severe impacts in Denmark.”

In response to the weather front, the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for a large section of the UK stretching from Norfolk to the top of Scotland and the islands beyond.

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On what this means for the Christmas forecast, Mr Gundersen explained: “Christmas Day looks like being fairly unsettled in northern and western areas.

“Any showers in the north could be wintry with hail and thunder, but even here, any snow will be mainly on high ground.

“The south of the country will see the best of the drier and brighter conditions.

“While temperatures will be near normal for the time of year it will be a windy day for many meaning it will feel colder.”

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