‘Danger to life’ warning issued as ‘atrocious’ Storm Antoni approaches the UK

The UK is under four weather warnings as Storm Antoni makes landfall, bringing with it unusually heavy rain and severe gusts for the summer.

With a “good chance” of traffic delays and power outages, forecasters worry that gusts in the worst-affected areas could exceed 60 mph.

The Met Office released:

  • From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., there is an amber wind warning for southwest Wales.
  • From 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., there is an amber wind warning for southwest England.
  • From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., there will be a larger yellow wind warning for the southern UK.
  • From midnight until 11 a.m., the majority of Northern Ireland is under a yellow rain warning.

When there is an amber warning, severe weather impacts are more likely, therefore, people should think about altering their plans and taking precautions to protect themselves and their property.

Storm Antoni will be “potentially disruptive” as it progresses from the west to the east, and some roads and bridges may need to be closed, according to the Met Office.

With low pressure continuing after the sixth-wettest July in history, few areas of the UK will be spared from showers, clouds, and freezing temperatures.

According to chief meteorologist Steve Willington, Northern Ireland will likely have some of the highest rainfall totals, with localized amounts of 40 to 60 mm and more widespread amounts of 20 to 30 mm.

Many people beyond the warning region “will still experience a very wet day,” particularly in north Wales and north England.

The RAC has issued a warning, predicting that this Saturday will be “the worst day on the roads of the summer so far.” To make matters worse, it is predicted that four million automobiles will be traveling for fun this weekend.

The weather will be terrible, with a thoroughly disagreeable combination of very strong gusts and locally significant showers, according to spokesman Rod Dennis.

The best recommendation is to considerably slow down in order to stay safe and stay away from exposed moorland and coastline areas until the storm passes.

He asked vehicles to exercise particular caution when pulling caravans and trailers, lock bicycles and boxes on roofs, and keep a watch out for downed trees.

This weekend’s outdoor events have already been cancelled, including the first postponement in the 30-year history of the Dorset jazz festival Stompin’ on the Quomps.

10,000 attendees were anticipated, but organizers were worried about the security of both vendors and attendees.

Although temperatures are expected to reach the mid-teens, Antoni is the second storm to strike the UK in five days, and it won’t feel that way.

The rain in the eastern portions of the country is expected to stop early on Sunday, leaving a calmer day with sunshine and showers for the majority.

According to Sky Weather presenter Jo Wheeler, “there is a better chance of seeing more settled conditions” starting next week as high pressure attempts to form.

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