There is a yellow weather warning in place for Saturday and Sunday for Storm Ciara.
The Met Office has given the name Ciara, the third named storm of the season, to the low-pressure system that will impact the UK this weekend and into the early part of next week. Wind gusts will widely reach 50-60mph across many inland areas. The strongest gusts in exposed locations could reach 80mph.
Neil Armstrong is a Chief Meteorologist with the Met Office. He said
An extremely strong jet stream flowing from North America will be steering a succession of low-pressure systems towards the UK at least into the middle of next week. The relative predictability of this pattern has provided an early warning and has given us the certainty to be able to name this storm four days ahead.
Storm Ciara can be expected to bring a range of disruption which may affect some power supplies and transport services across many parts of the UK.
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), the distribution network operator for the north of Scotland, has moved to Yellow Alert in preparation for the period of storm force winds, heavy rain and lightning which could impact the electricity network as Storm Ciara passes across the UK this weekend.
More information and advice is available from SSEN on their website.
The general forecast for the end of the week before Storm Ciara arrives is, Thursday will see high pressure dominating, bringing largely fine conditions to most of the UK with the potential for frost and fog in some locations. Fog may be slow to clear on Thursday morning.
Information from the Met Office
By Friday evening conditions will start to become more unsettled with spells of rain and a developing breeze. Saturday will be a relatively dry day for much of the UK before further strengthening winds and rain arrive from the west in the evening ahead of Storm Ciara.
In the wake of Storm Ciara, conditions will remain unsettled across the UK, it will turn colder with the chance of wintry showers and ice in some parts. It will also remain very windy.